Hard to secure bans for many Russians in doping cases: WADA

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Moscow | Published: February 26, 2017 12:09:09 AM

WADA investigator Richard McLaren reported in December that more than 1,000 Russian athletes may have benefited from a cover-up which allegedly included tampering with samples.

The World Anti-Doping Agency says there ”simply may not be sufficient evidence” to secure bans for many of the Russian athletes implicated in an alleged state-backed doping scheme. (Reuters)

The World Anti-Doping Agency says there ”simply may not be sufficient evidence” to secure bans for many of the Russian athletes implicated in an alleged state-backed doping scheme.

WADA investigator Richard McLaren reported in December that more than 1,000 Russian athletes may have benefited from a cover-up which allegedly included tampering with samples given by 12 medalists at the Sochi Olympics.

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It’s proving hard to turn McLaren’s report, much of it based on records leaked by a former Russian drug-test laboratory head, into watertight cases against individuals.

WADA says the destruction of more than 1,000 samples in a Moscow laboratory and a lack of Russian co-operation mean ”there simply may not be sufficient evidence required to sanction … some of the individual athletes identified in the report.”

WADA doesn’t say how many cases are affected.

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