Official says Russia will not accept WADA’s McLaren report
(Reuters) - Russia will not accept the outcome of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) McLaren report, a condition for the reinstatement of its national anti-doping agency, a senior official from the country said on Thursday.
WADA said on Wednesday that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) had passed 19 criteria on the roadmap to compliance but plenty of roadblocks remain, with 12 hurdles still to clear before reinstatement.
The body has demanded that authorities responsible for Russia’s anti-doping program, including the Ministry of Sport and the National Olympic Committee, publicly accept the reported outcomes of the McLaren Investigation, which uncovered widespread state-sponsored doping at the Sochi Olympics.
“As for the report, we have repeatedly said that it contains certain contentious positions and provisions,” Vitaly Smirnov, who heads a state-backed anti-doping commission, was quoted as saying by R-Sport news agency.