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Russia could be banned from the Rio Olympics next month after an independent commission found evidence of state-sponsored doping in the country during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which was led by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, said Russias Ministry of Sport directed, controlled and oversaw the manipulation of urine samples provided by Russian athletes at the Sochi anti-doping laboratory with the active participation and assistance of the FSB secret service. Professor Richard McLarens WADA report on Russia and whether it operated a state-dictated doping system McLaren delivered three main findings at a press conference in Toronto on Monday - that doped samples disappeared from the anti-doping laboratory in Moscow, that they were swapped with clean samples at the laboratory for the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 and that these plans were directed by the Russian sports ministry. The findings have cast huge doubt on Russias participation at the Games, which start on August 5, with their track-and-field athletes already banned by the IAAF, and an IOC statement on Monday afternoon said a decision could be made as early as Tuesday on the matter. Russias participation at the Rio Olympics is in doubt after the latest WADA investigation In the immediate short term, the IOC Executive Board (EB) will convene in a telephone conference tomorrow (Tuesday) to take its first decisions, which may include provisional measures and sanctions with regard to the Olympic Games Rio 2016, it read.IOC president Thomas Bach said: The findings of the report show a shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport and on the Olympic Games. Therefore, the IOC will not hesitate to take the toughest sanctions available against any individual or organisation implicated. Thomas Bach says the IOC will not hesitate to enforce the toughest sanctions The 57-day investigation was set up in May following an interview in the New York Times with the former director of Moscows anti-doping laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov, in which he described an elaborate plan to ensure Russian success at Sochi 2014.Rodchenkov has been in hiding in the United States since that interview after being branded a criminal and a traitor by senior Russian figures, but McLarens findings appear to vindicate his version of events.He said his team had used forensic analysis, seized computers, studied data and performed extra tests on stored samples from the Sochi Games and other major events. The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia The Moscow laboratory operated, for the protection of doped Russian athletes, within a state-dictated fail-safe system, McLaren said.The Sochi Laboratory operated a unique sample-swapping methodology to enable doped Russian athletes to compete at the Winter Olympic Games, he added.UK Anti-Doping, which has been running the testing programme in Russia on WADAs behalf since the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) was suspended, said the entire sporting community must unite to find new ways and a stronger commitment to ensure clean competition.We have an obligation to help safeguard clean athletes around the globe by working closely with international partners to support the development of robust anti-doping practices in countries where these are weak, said UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead.Everyone has a responsibility to support this process for the sake of clean and honest athletes. UK Anti-Doping chief Nicole Sapstead wants clean athletes safeguarded UK sports minister Tracey Crouch said: Professor McLarens report has exposed the extreme lengths some will go to in order to cheat.This shocking report is a wake-up call to the sporting world and I hope it will act as a catalyst for us to work even harder to protect the integrity of sport and the Olympic movement itself. Also See: Litvinov confident of ban lift Klishina: Im not a traitor Yonder Alonso Jersey . Tensions rose in the first period when Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik hit Bruins forward Loui Eriksson with what appeared to be a clean hit. Yovani Gallardo Jersey . THE THUNDER & PACERS BENCHES: In a nutshell, not impressive at all. http://www.baseballmarinersofficial.com ... rsey-c-16/. The Missouri Tigers Defensive End and SEC Defensive player of the year is eligible for the upcoming NFL draft in May. 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