WADA commission set to publish findings on Sochi doping claims

Russia's state-sponsored doping program "planned and operated" as early as 2011 and manipulated drug testing through the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics until August 2015, according to the investigation, which was released by WADA on Monday.

U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said in a statement that the report "confirms what we have stated previously: the current anti-doping system is broken and urgently requires the attention of everyone interested in protecting clean athletes".

The World Anti-Doping Agency, responsible for monitoring the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports, has recommended to the International Olympic Committee that all Russian athletes be banned from competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

McLaren delivered three main findings that doped samples "disappeared" from the anti-doping laboratory in Moscow, that they were swapped with clean samples at the laboratory for the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 and that these plans were directed by the Russian sports ministry.

In May, the New York Times and 60 Minutes first reported on the doping scheme after scoring interviews with Grigory Rodchenkov, former head of Russia's anti-doping lab in Moscow, and Vitaly Stepanov, who once worked with the Russian Anti-Doping Agency.

His claims - many of which were supported by the report - were what led the WADA to recruit Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren to lead an investigation into the doping operation.

McLaren said the report was "credible and verifiable" and called Rodchenkov "was a credible and truthful person".

Fifa has promised "appropriate steps" after a World Anti-Doping Agency report revealed a dozen positive doping cases in Russian football were among hundreds covered up by Moscow. "WADA also recommends that Russian government officials be denied access to global competitions, including Rio 2016".

The 97-page McLaren report is the result of a two-month investigation.

But McLaren said the bottle tampering in Sochi was a one-shot deal. "Therefore, the International Olympic Committee will not hesitate to take the toughest sanctions available against any individual or organisation implicated", Thomas Bach, the president of International Olympic Committee, states in a press release.

The report does not make any recommendations.

The International Olympic Committee had previously said it could impose tough new sanctions against Russian Federation over the Rio 2016 Games.

But that doesn't mean all non-Russian athletes are clean Pound said but he believes the International Olympic Committee taking such a serious action against one of its most prominent members would send a stark warning to smaller countries who may be cheating.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has consistently denied doping by athletes coordinated by the state.

A blanket ban of Russian teams across all 28 Summer Games sports - even in those few not tarnished by Monday's report - has to be an option.

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