World Anti-Doping Agency Clears 95 Russians of Doping Violations

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has begun looking into individual cases of Russian doping, and of the first 96 cases examined, 95 have been dropped, according to a report from the New York Times.

Despite what the Times calls “mountainous evidence of Russia’s doping scheme,” WADA found that there was not enough evidence to penalize any of these 95 athletes.

“The available evidence was insufficient to support the assertion of an anti-doping rule violation,” WADA director general Olivier Niggli said. “Years after the fact, the remaining evidence is often very limited.”

The names of these 95 athletes were not revealed, so it’s unclear if any of them were swimmers.

In July of 2016, when the first part of the McLaren Report showed evidence of systematic doping in Russia, seven Russian swimmers were listed in the document as athletes who had violated anti-doping rules. All seven were initially prohibited from competing at the 2016 Olympic Games, but they were eventually allowed back into the Games on appeal, including breaststroke Yulia Efimova the night before Olympic swimming began.

Read more from the New York Times by clicking here. A NYT post containing the excerpt of the WADA report can be found here.

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Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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