Richard McLaren (academic)

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Richard McLaren

Richard Henry McLaren

Occupation(s)lawyer, professor
Known forMcLaren Report
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Western Ontario
University of London
Academic work
DisciplineSports law, bankruptcy, insolvency and business law
InstitutionsUniversity of Western Ontario

Richard Henry McLaren OC (born 1945) is a law professor at Western University in Ontario, Canada, specializing in sports law.[1] In 2015, he was one of the three members of the WADA Commission, an independent panel commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency to investigate allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russian sports.[2][3] He was awarded the Order of Canada with the grade of officer in 2015.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

From 1964-1968, McLaren attended Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario for his undergraduate education. During this time he lived at O'Neil Residence. At 1968 he graduated with an Honors Business Administration degree.[5] After that he earned LL.B. from the law school of the same university.[6] and received a Master of Laws degree from the University of London. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1974.[7]


In 1979 McLaren, then a professor at the University of Western Ontario Law School, directed a project which studied privacy and security issues involved in the new (at the time) electronic transfer of funds.[8]

McLaren is a member of the international Court of Arbitration for Sport.[9] In 2000 he investigated coverup of steroid use by American track athletes at the Olympics in Sydney,[10] and published a report.[11]

In 2007 McLaren participated in an investigation into drug use in Major League Baseball.[10][12]

In 2014, McLaren founded McLaren Global Sport Solutions, which consults with sport organizations about ethical issues.[10]

In 2020, McLaren was appointed as the Integrity Officer to FIBA.[13]

McLaren Report[edit]

In July 2016, McLaren presented the report of the WADA Commission in Toronto, Ontario, indicating systematic state-sponsored subversion of the drug testing processes by the government of Russia before, during, and subsequent to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.[14] McLaren stated that the report was not intended to determine individual guilt but rather "whether there was a system in Sochi and also in the Moscow lab, and if there was, how did it operate?"[15]

On 9 December 2016, McLaren published the second part of his independent report.[16][17] The investigation found that from 2011 to 2015, more than 1,000 Russian competitors in various sports (including summer, winter, and Paralympic sports) benefited from the cover-up.[18][19][20]

Other Reports[edit]

International Weightlifting Federation Corruption Report[edit]

In June 2020, McLaren released his report on the International Weightlifting Federation in which he claimed that the Federation's President, Tamás Aján, was corrupt. The report laid out details of vote buying and bribes by Aján and other IWF officials as well as doping tests that were covered up and over $10 million of missing money. The report led to Aján being charged with complicity by the International Testing Agency as well as other high ranking weightlifting officials Nicu Vlad and Hasan Akkus.[21][22]

Olympic Boxing Result Manipulation Report[edit]

In September 2021, McLaren released his report on the International Boxing Association. His report found that at least 11 fights at the boxing tournament at the 2016 Olympics has suspicious outcomes and were possibly rigged and that the then-president Wu Ching-Kuo and executive director Karim Bouzidi were ultimately responsible. The report also claimed that a 'six figure' bribe was offered to fix one of the bouts and that the French boxing team had favouritism during the tournament due to Bouzidi being French.[23]


  1. ^ "Q&A: Meet the Canadian behind the Russian doping report". Maclean's. Zane Schwartz, July 18, 2016
  2. ^ "Corruption report a 'game changer'". BBC. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  3. ^ "Russia operated state-sanctioned doping system at Sochi Olympics, report concludes". Toronto Star, July 19, 2016. Kerry Gillespie.
  4. ^ "Order of Canada Appointments". The Governor General of Canada His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston. Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Huron Alumni Magazine" (Fall 2014): 25. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Richard McLaren Western Law
  7. ^ "A look at Canadian lawyer and doping investigator Richard McLaren". Metro News, Jul 18 2016
  8. ^ IDG Enterprise (14 May 1979). "Computerworld". Computerworld: The Newspaper for IT Leaders. IDG Enterprise: 20–. ISSN 0010-4841.
  9. ^ "Russian doping report: Who is Richard McLaren?". By Leslie Young Global News, July 18, 2016.
  10. ^ a b c "Richard McLaren: The lawyer behind pivotal report on Russian doping".. Toronto Star, Morgan Campbell, July 15, 2016
  11. ^ Robert C.R. Siekmann; Janwillem Soek (19 January 2012). Lex Sportiva: What is Sports Law?. Springer Science & Business Media. pp. 63–. ISBN 978-90-6704-828-6.
  12. ^ " Q&A: WADA panel member Richard McLaren on Russian doping allegations". CBC Sports, Doug Harrison, Nov 11, 2015
  13. ^ "McLaren appointed FIBA Integrity Officer". 28 March 2020. Retrieved 30 September 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "WADA: Russian sports ministry oversaw doping cover-ups during Sochi Olympics". Business Day Live, July 18, 2016
  15. ^ Ford, Bonnie D. (March 15, 2017). "Are Russian authorities ready to cooperate in drug scandal investigation?". ESPN.
  16. ^ "Electronic Documentary Package of the IP Professor Richard H. McLaren, O.C." December 2016.
  17. ^ "McLaren Independent Investigation Report into Sochi Allegations - Part II". World Anti-Doping Agency. 9 December 2016.
  18. ^ Ruiz, Rebecca R. (9 December 2016). "Russia's Doping Program Laid Bare by Extensive Evidence in Report". The New York Times.
  19. ^ Ostlere, Lawrence (9 December 2016). "McLaren report: more than 1,000 Russian athletes involved in doping conspiracy". The Guardian.
  20. ^ Ellingworth, James (13 December 2016). "Emails show how Russian officials covered up mass doping". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 14 December 2016.
  21. ^ "IWF president Ajan 'corrupt'". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
  22. ^ "International Testing Agency-The ITA concludes investigation into a decade of rule violations in weightlifting, charges current and former IWF officials". International Testing Agency. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
  23. ^ "Manipulation system in place at Rio 2016". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2021-09-30.