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by Shane Stokes
September 12, 2017
Photography by Kristof Ramon
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Three riders who were prevented from competing in the Rio Olympics last year as a result of doping allegations against Russia have launched legal action against the World Anti Doping Agency WADA and the Canadian doping investigator Dr Richard McLaren.
The trio, Kirill Sveshnikov, Dmitry Strakhov and Dmitry Sokolov, had originally been selected for the Games but were ultimately blocked from doing so. McLaren’s report into state-sponsored doping concluded that they had positive test results covered up by Russia, but the trio have claimed they were ‘unfairly implicated.’
They had launched an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) prior to the Olympics but lost.
Now, over a year later, they claim they “suffered great reputational harm,” even though they were not personally named in the report. “Together, Wada and Dr Richard McLaren prevented us from reaching our lifelong goal of participating in the Rio Olympics, the pinnacle of our sport,” Sveshnikov said in their lawsuit to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. “We allege that they wrongly associated our names with cheaters and doping. We are asking the court to review all of the evidence and to vindicate us.”
They are seeking damages over the exclusion.
Click through to read more at the BBC.