Russian ministry denies Wada accusations of state doping cover-up

Professor Richard McLaren is flanked by his chief investigator Martin Dubbey (right) and lawyer Diana Tesic (left) during a press conference following the publication of McLaren's report on doping in Russian sport in a hotel in central London, Britai
Professor Richard McLaren is flanked by his chief investigator Martin Dubbey (right) and lawyer Diana Tesic (left) during a press conference following the publication of McLaren's report on doping in Russian sport in a hotel in central London, Britain, 09 Dec, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Sports Ministry on Friday denied accusations made by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) that the Russian state had covered up a doping programme for its sports people.

A Wada report released on Friday said more than 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and paralympic sport were involved in or benefited from an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive doping tests.

The Russian ministry said it would carefully study the Wada report and that it would fully cooperate with anti-doping bodies.

The Kremlin also said it would study the report, Interfax news agency reported.

Russia's athletics chief, Dmitry Shlyakhtin, declined to comment on the Wada report because he said he had not seen it.