Russian cyclists file lawsuit against Wada and Dr Richard McLaren

Three Russian Cyclists (Kirill Sveshnikov, Dmitry Strakhov and Dmitry Sokolov) File Claim Against the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Richard McLaren

Three Russian cyclists are suing the World Anti-Doping Agency and the high-profile Canadian lawyer who led the recent explosive investigation into Russian doping allegations.

The trio, Kirill Sveshnikov, Dmitry Strakhov and Dmitry Sokolov, had originally been selected for the Games but were ultimately blocked from doing so.

Mutko insisted that Russian authorities had never run a state-sponsored doping programme and pinned all the blame on the laboratory and Russia's Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

The cyclists allege they were "unfairly implicated".

They had launched an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) prior to the Olympics but lost.

They say they were banned from the Rio Olympics as a result of being implicated in the McLaren Report and suffered "great reputational harm".

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Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Moscow's anti-doping laboratory, in a 2016 interview admitted to personally administering three different steroids to Russian athletes and destroying tainted urine samples during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the World Anti-Doping Agency, which regulates drugs in sports and collected evidence of Russia's alleged doping scheme, "has agreed to clear 95 of the first 96 athletes whose cases have been reviewed".

In comments e-mailed to reporters, WADA dismissed Mutko's assertions.

What was the McLaren report?

"WADA would expect the Russian authorities to take responsibility for this deliberate system of cheating that was uncovered by the McLaren Investigation - as is stipulated within RUSADA's Roadmap to Compliance - rather than continually shifting the blame onto others", WADA spokesperson Maggie Durand said.

The country avoided a blanket ban from Rio 2016 as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) deferred decisions on the participation of athletes to the various International Federations. In terms of cycling, the decision was made by governing body the UCI.

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