International Olympic Committee member Denis Oswald said evidence gathered so far will be combined with results of tests to determine whether urine and blood sample bottles had been tampered with, to replace positive samples with clean samples.
Oswald did not say how many athletes could be involved, but said the first hearings would start next month. He added that his commission could only ban athletes from the Olympics and not impose other sanctions. "One of the authors of that release, Travis Tygart of the US Anti-Doping Agency, responded in an email to the AP: "Yeah, clearly, the truth can strike a reaction, but to be clear, the only thing unhelpful is the lack of decisive action in fully protecting clean athletes" rights". "This is especially unfair when athletes are punished when they violate the rules", NADO leaders said.
According to the Report, over 1,000 Russian athletes - in summer, winter and Paralympic competitions - benefited from the alleged state-backed plot to hide positive doping tests.
Earlier this week, IOC president Thomas Bach said the committee was awaiting word from Brazilian authorities before determining next steps.
"We can't have the Winter Games overshadowed by an ongoing procedure with regard to Russian Federation", he said. It sent the wrong message and should not be repeated, according to International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound, who conducted a separate investigation into doping corruption inside the Russian track team that came up with similar conclusions as the McLaren Report. "I understand it takes a lot of time, but we can not have this discussion just before the Pyeongchang Games".
"The comment that has been made by a group of NADOs [National Anti-Doping Organizations] omits entirely all the work that has been done to develop a proper [anti-] doping system in Russia", Reedie said in a statement. They did, however, keep open the door for some Russians to compete in South Korea as neutral athletes, provided they have been subject to robust anti-doping protocols, consistent with precedent established by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Six skiers who have been banned from competing following the WADA report, will be the first to be dealt with by Oswald, with the skiing season starting soon.
"My guess - and it is an informed guess - is that there will be a very, very intense pre-Games testing program before Pyeongchang", WADA President Sir Craig Reedie said in March (via the Guardian). "The DPRK NOC did not send any athletes to Sochi (2014 winter Olympics) because of qualification but hopefully if they qualify they will go (to Pyeongchang)". In another report, International Olympic Committee member Craig Reedie, who heads the World Anti-Doping Agency, said progress is being made toward reinstating Russia's suspended anti-doping agency. "It looks backward instead of looking forward".
"There are stunning venues proposed for equestrian in both 2024 and 2028 and they offer a really exciting opportunity for the FEI to help both organising teams deliver the Games in the most cost-effective way".