The World Anti-Doping Agency also known as WADA, has called for banning Russian Athletes from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. WADA called for the ban after confirming that the Russian government worked to cover up doping among its athletes.
Richard McLaren is a Canadian lawyer. He spent 57 days preparing the report for WADA. The reports says the Russian government helped the athletes cheat by hiding test results and change urine samples leading up to both the 2012 Olympics in London and the 2014 Sochi Olympic games.
Tomas Bach is the president of the International Olympics Committee, or IOC. He called Russia's actions a shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sports and on the Olympics games. The IOC will meet on Tuesday to discuss a punishment for the Russian Olympic team. It says that it will study the report and not hesitate to take the toughest sanctions available against any individual or organization.
Russian president Vladimir Putin says officials named in the report will be suspended. The Associated Press news agency says sports minister Vitaly Mutko and his deputy are both name in the report.
McLaren says his report showed only a thin slice of the cheating within the Russian Olympic team. He found evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that the Russian government participate in a program designed to help its athletes use the performance-enhancing drugs without being caught. He called the program fail-safe. McLaren's report confirms allegations made by the former head of Anti-Doping agency in Russia.
Earlier this year Agrallri Rochi told the New York Times that 15 Russian Medal Winners from the Sochi Olympics alone were part of a Urine switching program. In that program athletes provided clean urine samples to government agents. Those agents then replaced tainted urine with clean urine after competitions.
In later 2015 the International Association of Athletics Federations banned Russia's track and field athletes from competition after a different WADA investigation. Travis Hada is the head of the US Anti-doping agency. In a statement on Monday Travis Hada called the McLaren’s report ”mind-blowing”. He said the International community should come together to ensure this unprecedented level of criminality never again threatens the sports we cherish.