World Anti-Doping Agency pleads with Russia to admit to state sponsored doping as second part of McLaren report looms

WADA believes that this is the only way for Russia to regain the public trust

World Anti-Doping Agency pleads with Russia to admit to state sponsored doping as second part of McLaren report looms

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The World Anti Doping Agency has urged Russia to admit to state sponsored doping in order to regain the trust and respect of those in the wider sporting world.

At a foundation board meeting today in Glasgow, WADA officials announced that the second part of the McClaren report will be released in December, the first of which found evidence of systematic and widespread doping in Russia ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Additionally, Wada also announced proposals aimed at imposing sanctions as well as a new whistleblower programme designed to protect and encourage any future athletes or officials who wish to expose doping.

Speaking at the meeting, Sir Craig Reedie, who has been re-elected as WADA president on a three-year term, said that more work is need to make Russia compliant with anti-doping regulations.

Image: Russian doping whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova 

"The facts are that the McLaren commission indicated that there had been breaches of the code involving the Moscow lab and the ministry of sport. To that extent, that's the scale of the issue we have to deal with. I'm really, really keen to move forward. We need to have Russia compliant."

"What we started today was a roadmap on compliance. People have been saying to us that non-serious compliance needs non-serious sanctions - and that serious non-compliance needs serious sanctions. There is quite clearly a feeling within the athlete community that this should be done. There is much work to be done. It will take massive consultation before we get to the finished article."

Former Russian sports minister Vitaly Smirnov, head of Russia's anti-doping commission, denies that the country conducted a state-sponsored doping programme.