Richard McLaren (academic)
Richard Henry McLaren OC (born 1945) is a law professor at Western University in Ontario, Canada, specializing in sports law. 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. He was awarded the Order of Canada with the grade of officer in 2015.
Early life and education
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.
McLaren is a member of the international Court of Arbitration for Sport. In 2000 he investigated coverup of steroid use by American track athletes at the Olympics in Sydney, and published a report.
In 2014, McLaren founded McLaren Global Sport Solutions, which consults with sport organizations about ethical issues.
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 during and subsequent to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. In December 2016, he published the second part of his report on doping in Russia. 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?"
On 9 December 2016, McLaren published the second part of his independent report. 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.
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