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    The International Swimming Federation President Julio Maglione claims that the World Anti-Doping Agency independent commission led by Richard McLaren exceeded its power and this issue should be dealt with.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) independent commission led by Richard McLaren exceeded its power and this issue should be dealt with, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) President Julio Maglione told Sputnik Tuesday.

    Earlier in July, McLaren presented a report in which Russia was accused of running a state-wide doping program, prompting the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to consider a blanket ban on the entire Russian team.

    "Its [commission] members exceeded their powers. For me WADA, and sooner or later this needs to be clarified, is an organization with a function to control the doping abuse, approve the relevant rules and not to talk about the situation in a particular country, it must be done by the head of the Olympic Games, that is by the International Olympic Committee," Maglione said adding that he considers the decision made by IOC as fair.

    On Sunday, the IOC announced its decision to ban all Russian athletes with a record of doping violations from participating in 2016 Rio Olympic Games, while leaving it up to the respective international federations to decide whether individual Russian athletes should be allowed to compete at the Games.

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    doping, International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Swimming Federation (FINA), WADA, Richard McLaren, Russia
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