Russians hit by fresh doping allegations
Russian football was the target of fresh doping allegations today with claims of widespread urine sample tampering levelled by Richard McLaren, author of an explosive report into Russian doping. The Canadian lawyer said he had fresh evidence indicating that positive tests taken from Russian players were swopped with clean samples.
McLaren said the World Anti-Doping Agency had seized 155 samples from 2018 World Cup hosts Russia for re-testing, with FIFA kept informed. According to WADA's special anti-doping investigator an exchange of emails between high-ranking Russian officials dating back to 2015 detailed the urine sample swop scam. McLaren fears this is "the tip of the iceberg". He says the batch of samples taken by WADA and awaiting analysis will reveal one of two things: "Either there's been tampering with the caps or the contents could have been changed.