Russian doping scandal: How it unfolded

The publication of Canadian law professor Richard McLaren’s 103-page report is the latest chapter in the exposure of Russia’s drug-related cheating.

Here we look at how the story has developed…

December 2014: German broadcaster ARD broadcast claims of drug-taking in Russian athletics, leading to the IAAF ethics commission to examine allegations of corruption and doping and the World Anti-Doping Agency to set up an independent commission.

August 2015: New claims are made by ARD that Russian and Kenyan athletes are doping based on a leaked IAAF database of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 competitors.


November 2015: Former IAAF president Lamine Diack is charged with corruption, money-laundering and conspiracy by French police on suspicion he took bribes to cover up failed doping tests. Russia’s athletics team are suspended by the IAAF and Russia’s anti-doping organisation, Rusada, is suspended by WADA.

January 2016: Russian athletics chief Valentin Balakhnichev and IAAF marketing consultant Papa Massata Diack are banned for life by the IAAF ethics commission for taking bribes to cover up failed doping tests.

May 2016: Claims the Russian Sports Ministry and the FSB security service were involved in an organised doping campaign which included at least 15 medallists from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are made by the former head of Russia’s anti-doping laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov, living in exile in the United States.


June 2016: The IAAF council votes to extend the ban on the Russian athletics federation. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko is implicated in covering up for coaches exposed as flouting doping regulations in a new ARD broadcast.

July 2016: McLaren releases his report for WADA detailing the degree of state-run doping in Russia at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and other events. The investigation finds the Russian Ministry of Sport ”directed, controlled and oversaw” the manipulation of urine samples provided by Russian athletes at the Sochi anti-doping laboratory.

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