<Richard McLaren’s final report into doping in Russia will be released on December 9 at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London.
By Daniel Etchells for Inside the Games, Nov 30, 2016
Whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, the Moscow anti-doping laboratory's former director whose allegations led to Richard McLaren’s investigation into claims of state-sponsored Russian doping at their home Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, has been accused of trying to induce athletes into taking unknown substances.
Rodchenkov, who has left Russia for the United States, alleged the Russian Sports Ministry "directed, controlled and oversaw" a "unique" method of sample manipulation during Sochi 2014, involving a sample-swapping method where they had been able to open and reseal tamper-proof bottles.
Commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), McLaren investigated the claims first made by Rodchenkov in the New York Times and produced his initial findings at a press conference in Toronto in July shortly before the beginning of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Rodchenkov's reliability as a source has been fiercely questioned in Russia, however, as he is considered a slanderous traitor guilty of crimes including "perjury, illegal trafficking, fraud and blackmail".