FISA Statement on WADA’s McLaren Report
For immediate release
18 July 2016, Lausanne
FISA, the World Rowing Federation, has received the McLaren Report on the WADA Investigation of Sochi Allegations. The report states “the surprise result of the Sochi investigation was the revelation of the extent of State oversight and directed control of the Moscow Laboratory in processing, and covering up urine samples of Russian athletes from virtually all sports before and after the Sochi Games.”
FISA Executive Committee has seriously noted that the sport of rowing is implicated. FISA has immediately requested that WADA supply copies of the evidence presented in this report so that a legally sustainable basis for possible actions is in FISA’s possession.
FISA has also immediately started to consider possible outcomes from the allegations of the McLaren report and the potential impact on the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games regattas.
The fight against doping and protecting the integrity of rowing and its athletes are top priorities for FISA which has spearheaded the implementation of doping controls as well as other important anti-doping measures. FISA continuously monitors all testing of rowers in the world, in accordance with its rules and, as outlined in its Anti-Doping Bye Laws, FISA follows World Anti-Doping Code’s procedure for testing, notification and the hearing of all doping cases. The FISA Anti-Doping Bye-Laws can be found here:
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