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Russia covered up 2013 Worlds doping cases, WADA investigator says

Track and Field

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 08: A general view inside Luzhniki Stadium ahead of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 on August 8, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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VIENNA (AP) -- A World Anti-Doping Agency investigator says he has evidence that the Russian state helped cover up doping cases around the 2013 World Track and Field Championships in Moscow.

Richard McLaren says Russia’s Sports Ministry told the WADA-accredited laboratory in Moscow “to not report positive sample results over the period before, during and after” the 2013 Worlds.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, a member of FIFA’s ruling council, has repeatedly denied allegations of a state-sponsored doping program.

McLaren, a Canadian law professor, says he shared “credible and verifiable” evidence from his ongoing investigation with an IAAF task force.

Earlier Friday, the IAAF decided to maintain its ban on Russian athletes competing internationally, including the Olympics.

WADA appointed McLaren last month to try to verify allegations by former Moscow lab director Grigory Rodchenkov.

McLaren says he intends to release his “findings in mid-July.”

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