Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 10, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Joaquim Rodriguez makes final decision to retire, committing to a Bahrain-Merida staff role; No positive doping tests at 2016 Tour de France; Mclaren report, part two, shows Russian doping of 1,000 Athletes across 30 Sports; Wiggins will not be cited over mystery medical package; Yorkshire interested in hosting Vuelta start; Sydney’s Olympic velodrome future uncertain; Johan Museeuw Classic changes to one-day format; Lars Boom makes quiet start to cyclocross season; Volta ao Algarve announces 2017 route; Axeon Hagens Berman 2017 roster; Cycling Academy finalises roster; Laura Kenny named Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year; Video reminds cyclists to always wear a helmet; Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme race; Can a bicycle power your house?

Mclaren report, part two, shows Russian doping of 1,000 Athletes across 30 Sports

by CyclingTips

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Friday published the second part of the report conducted by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, who issued an initial report in July that resulted in more than 100 Russian athletes to be barred from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, as well as the entire Russian Paralympic delegation. The final report shows what he called an “institutional conspiracy” by the Russian government to dope its athletes.

While the report is comprehensive and clearly shows the levels to which Russian would go to facilitate doping, McLaren said that the entire scope of the cheating may never be truly known. “It is impossible to know just how deep and how far back this conspiracy goes,” McLaren said. “For years, international sports competitions have unknowingly been hijacked by the Russians.”

The report exposed the extraordinary measures taken by the Russian government back to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and also include the 2013 track and field World Championships in Moscow and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. It was at those Games that a New York Times report first uncovered the urine-swapping operation conducted by the Russian Secret Service, or FSB, that eventually launched the investigation by WADA.

The Mclaren report said that before the sample-swapping procedures were put into use, a final test was conducted in 2013 at the Moscow laboratory using urine samples of two unnamed cyclists. “The test case on the cyclists was successful which meant that a new era of sample swapping could commence,” the report said. “The groundwork for Sochi had been laid.”

WADA said it will forward the Evidentiary Summary to all federations who have athletes named in the report for further investigation or action.

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