Triathlon now involved in Russian doping scandal

A report presented by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) suggests that positive doping tests were hidden by the Russian anti-doping laboratory. Triathlon is one of the sports involved in the scandal.

| July 19, 2016 | NEWS

Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren has presented the results of his 57-day study of the Russian sports and doping system, which he carried out on behalf of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The results are explosive: in his comprehensive 103 page report he concludes that the Moscow anti-doping laboratory helped disguise positive doping samples between the end of 2011 to August 2015 and that, among others, the Russian Sports Ministry and the Russian secret service were allegedly involved.

In the report, McLaren's team provides an overview of the manner in which sports veiled positive doping tests. The report claims that there were 139 cases in track and field, while weightlifting had 117 "disappearing positive test results." Triathlon had four questionable tests, while in swimming 18 positive doping tests were hidden. The report also claims that clean urine was substituted for urine containing banned substances at the winter games in Sochi.

The national anti-doping agencies in Canada, the US and Germany have called for the exclusion of Russia from the Olympics due to the results of the McLaren investigation.

"The results are shocking and an attack on the integrity of sport and the Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee will take the toughest sanctions on all involved individuals and organizations," IOC president Thomas Bach announced.

Russia's triathlon team for Rio includes three men and two women.