Sport Ireland chief wants "strongest possible action" taken against Russia after McLaren report findings

John Treacy reacts to the WADA independent person report

BY Raf Diallo 15:12 Friday 9 December 2016, 15:12 9 Dec 2016

John Treacy

Sport Ireland chief executive John Treacy has called for the "strongest possible action" to be taken against Russia.

The remarks follow the publication of the McLaren Report which found that over 1,000 athletes from Russia benefited from the country's secret police hiding failed drugs tests.

Professor Richard McLaren's investigation says London 2012 was corrupted "on an unprecedented scale" - along with other events.

Reacting to the WADA independent person report, Treacy that any punishments must remain in place until Russia "can demonstrate that it has addressed all of the issues identified in the report".

"The findings of the final instalment of the McLaren Report reinforce Sport Ireland’s position that the strongest possible action should be taken at an international level against Russia. Any action or sanction taken should remain in place until such time as Russia can demonstrate that it has addressed all of the issues identified in the report and that robust systems are in place to ensure that events of the recent past will never happen again," he said.

"The International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympics Committee and all International Federations have a role to play here and must be relentless in pursuing all of the possible ADRVs by individuals that are implicated in the report. This issue stretches beyond anti-doping – governance across all international sporting organisations needs to be addressed; this needs to happen in order to protect the integrity of sport at the highest level."

Professor McLaren, who is a Canadian sports lawyer, had said: "We are now able to confirm a cover-up that dates back until at least 2011 and continued after the Sochi Olympic Games.

"It was a cover-up that evolved from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalised and disciplined medal-winning conspiracy."

Russia's Sports Ministry has stated that there is no state-sponsored network of doping in the country, and that they would rigorously investigate the fall out of the latest report.

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