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Law prof at centre of doping report

Western Law professor Richard McLaren co-authored an explosive report that accused the Russian government of complicity in widespread doping and cover- ups by its track and field athletes. McLaren was part of the three-person independent commission, chaired by Richard Pound, LLD’04, and appointed by the World Anti- Doping Agency (WADA), to investigate allegations of widespread, systematic doping and cover-ups in Russia.

“This report is going to be a real game-changer for sport,” McLaren said. “Unlike FIFA, where you have a bunch of old men who put a whole lot of extra money in their pockets, here you potentially have a bunch of old men who put a whole lot of extra money in their pockets – through extortion and bribes – but also caused significant changes to actual results and final standings of international athletics competitions. This is a whole different scale of corruption than the FIFA scandal or the International Olympic Committee (IOC) scandal in respect to Salt Lake City.”

Released November 9 in Geneva, the report called for a ban on Russia from competing in international track competitions until the doping situation is remedied. A second set of findings was released Jan. 14.

This article appeared in the Winter 2016 edition of Alumni Gazette
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