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FIS to Consider Suspension for Athletes Involved in Alleged Doping Violations

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International Ski Federation (FIS) examined the second part of the McLaren report on doping and will consider provisional suspensions for the athletes implicated in the alleged violations at Sochi 2014 Olympics, the organization said Wednesday in a statement.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On December 9, World Anti-Doping Agency's WADA independent commission headed by Richard McLaren introduced the second part of the report on alleged Russian doping abuse, revealing manipulations by athletes in 30 sporting disciplines.

"There are cross-country skiers included with alleged anti-doping rule violations, all of which relate to the tampering of samples during Sochi 2014…. FIS is liaising closely with the IOC in order to undertake a number of follow up actions within its own authority as soon as possible which includes the possibility of provisional suspensions," the statement of FIS read.

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FIS added that any disciplinary actions would be carried out in accordance to World Anti-Doping Code and FIS regulation on the matter, which meant that the names of the athletes could not be made public before the final decision was taken.

As a result of the first McLaren report, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) banned the Russian athletes from taking part in international competitions including the 2016 Summer Olympics. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) later banned all Russian Paralympic athletes from the 2016 Summer Paralympics and the 2018 Winter Games.

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