Russian cyclists file lawsuit against Wada and Dr Richard McLaren

Three Russian Cyclists (Kirill Sveshnikov, Dmitry Strakhov and Dmitry Sokolov) File Claim Against the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Richard McLaren

Three Russian Cyclists (Kirill Sveshnikov, Dmitry Strakhov and Dmitry Sokolov) File Claim Against the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Richard McLaren

Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren has spent the last two years heading a WADA-backed investigation into allegations of Russian state-sponsored doping, compiling evidence to build cases against a number of Russian athletes.

Kirill Sveshnikov, Dmitry Strakhov and Dmitry Sokolov allege in their statement of claim that the McLaren-led investigation was "rushed and compromised".

The McLaren report, an independent study commissioned by Wada, found evidence of state-sponsored doping.

An independent report by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) in 2016 accused Russian Federation of running a "state-sponsored doping program" to cover up positive drug tests for its athletes at major global competitions.

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They had launched an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) prior to the Olympics but lost.

Sveshnikov alleges that WADA and McLaren prevented the three Russian cyclists from reaching their life-long goal of participating in the Rio Olympics, and "wrongly associated" their names with "cheaters and doping".

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the World Anti-Doping Agency, which regulates drugs in sports and collected evidence of Russia's alleged doping scheme, "has agreed to clear 95 of the first 96 athletes whose cases have been reviewed".

In comments e-mailed to reporters, WADA dismissed Mutko's assertions.

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In May 2016, McLaren was tasked by Wada with investigating allegations of doping in Russian Federation.

The World Anti-Doping Agency stated that the absence of testimony by the former director of the Moscow Anti-Doping Center Rodchenkov was one of the reasons why the agency had cleared 95 Russian athletes suspected of doping.

As a result, Wada recommended all Russian athletes be banned from competing in the Rio Olympics and Paralympics.

This may also positively influence the International Olympic Committee's possible decision to allow Russia's delegation to take part in the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea's PyeongChang.

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