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The IOF has full confidence in Russian orienteering athletes and IOF event organisers

IOF Statement regarding the McLaren report part 2

Last Friday December 9, WADA published the second part of the Independent Person (IP) Richard McLaren’s report on systematic doping in Russia. Following the publishing of part 1 of the IP Report in July 2016, the IOF published a statement regarding the IOF’s view and any potential actions. This statement was confirmed in connection with the IOF General Assembly in Sweden in August, 2016.

One of the commitments made to IOF members in August was that as new information became available a new assessment of the IOF position would be done. The release of the second part of the McLaren report last Friday constitutes significant new information and the IOF has during the past week requested, received and evaluated information from WADA, liaised with relevant external and internal bodies and has reached a conclusion as to whether a revision of the statement from July/August 2016 is necessary.

Based upon the analysis done, the IOF concludes that no revision in the statement or IOF Policy is necessary. More information follows below, but in short this means:

  1. There shall continue to be no restriction on the participation by Russian athletes in IOF events.
  2. IOF Events planned to be organised in Russia will be completed as planned, and applications for future events from organisers in Russia are welcomed by the IOF.

This decision means that the currently planned World Ski Orienteering Championships in Krasnoyarsk, Russia 7-12 March, 2017 will go ahead as planned.

The IOF would also like to add that it has full confidence in both Russian orienteering athletes and Russian IOF event organisers regarding these matters.


Additional information regarding the McLaren report

The second part of the McLaren report that was published Friday December 9, indicated that over 1000 athletes in 30 sports were affected by systematic doping and sample manipulation in Russia. The independent investigating team had provided or would be providing WADA with the evidence gathered regarding the individual cases.

Immediately following the report, WADA notified International Federations that they would be receiving gathered evidence for any cases pertaining to athletes within their testing jurisdiction. The respective International Federations would then take over the cases for potential disciplinary actions.

As of Tuesday December 13, the IOF had not received any further information from WADA regarding cases within orienteering. The IOF Office therefore asked WADA to confirm that no orienteering athletes were implicated. WADA has confirmed that among the first 714 athletes whom they have received information about, no orienteers were implicated. They noted however that they have not yet received information from the IP team about an additional 317 athletes listed in the report, and that they could therefore not make any statements about them. As of the time of writing this statement, no additional information regarding these athletes has been received. If additional material information is received this statement may be updated.

Based upon the information received from WADA, the IOF concludes that there is currently no evidence which indicates that orienteering is involved in systematic doping in Russia as reported by the McLaren report, and therefore sees no reason to change the statements made in July/August 2016. Russian orienteering athletes participation in IOF events is not restricted and is welcomed.

The IOF would like to add that during 2016 anti-doping testing has been carried out on 19 Russian orienteering athletes. 28 tests in total, 15 in-competition and 13 out-of-competition. All results of these tests have been negative.


Regarding events held in Russia; following the publication of the McLaren report, several International Federations have either cancelled and moved events from Russia, or have indicated that planned events may be moved, depending on the findings in the McLaren report for their sport. Among the stated reasons for these decisions were that member federations and/or athletes had decided to boycott the events.

In light of this information the IOF has made an evaluation of the status of our events in Russia, i.e. currently the World Ski Orienteering Championships (WSOC) to be held in Krasnoyarsk. The IOF has liaised directly with a number of member federations and with the Ski Orienteering Athletes Commission to determine if the McLaren report had influenced their view on participation in Krasnoyarsk. The IOF has also liaised with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International University Sports Federation (FISU) regarding any major international policy shift regarding events in Russia. (Note: FISU has been consulted since the WSOC is also a pre-event to the Winter Universiad in Kraskoyarsk in 2019)

The result is that the consulted member federations and the Ski Orienteering Athletes Commission strongly advocate the event being organised in Krasnoyarsk. We have received no information from external bodies indicating that a shift in policy has occurred.

The IOF has therefore concluded that there is no reason to change the statement of July/August 2016 regarding events in Russia. The IOF looks forward to a successful WSOC in Karsnoyarsk in March 2017.


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