WADA hands over 298 Russian athlete names in long-running doping probe

A sign with the logo of the Russian antidoping agency RUSADA is seen on a building housing its offices in Moscow on December 9 2019 The World AntiDoping Agency on December 9 2019 banned Russia from global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics after accusing Moscow of falsifying data from an antidoping laboratory Photo by Alexander NEMENOV AFP Photo by ALEXANDER NEMENOVAFP via Getty Images
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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced on Thursday it has handed the dossiers of 298 Russian athletes to 28 different Anti-Doping organisations (ADOs) including 27 International Federations as part of its five-year probe into "institutionalized doping" in Russia.

A previous independent investigation by Richard McLaren's group turned up evidence of tampering with anti-doping test results, disappearing hundreds of positive samples across a wide range of sports. Some Russian athletes were excluded from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after the McLaren report, three of which were from cycling.

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