LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A report on Russian doping was used by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to uphold a suspension, the first time that information was used to ban an athlete.
The ruling opens the possibility of more cases against Russian athletes based on World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren’s report, even when their drug-test samples may have been destroyed or never officially entered into the system.
CAS recently ruled that Russian triple jumper Anna Pyatykh had used banned substances based on records of secret drug testing in 2013. Documents leaked by former Moscow laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov mentioned Pyatykh as part of a “washout” scheme, with unofficial internal testing finding four banned substances in the run-up to the 2013 track world championships in Moscow.
The idea was that Russian athletes would be free to use banned substances ahead of the competition, then stop in time to test clean at the actual event while keeping the benefits of extra muscle power. The in-house “washout” tests — forbidden under WADA rules — were used to cover up doping by ensuring the…