Widespread doping in Russia: Panel

General view of the Russian Sports Ministry in Moscow, Russia on July 20.
General view of the Russian Sports Ministry in Moscow, Russia on July 20.PHOTO: EPA

TORONTO • The World Anti-Doping Agency's (Wada) independent commission yesterday confirmed that the Russian Ministry of Sport oversaw widespread doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

According to the Wada report, which was led by Canadian law professor and sports lawyer Richard McLaren, a Moscow laboratory operated, for the protection of doped Russian athletes, within a state-dictated fail-safe system.

The Russian Ministry of Sport directed, controlled and oversaw the manipulation of athletes' analytical results or sample swopping in the laboratory.

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