WADA taps McLaren to head Sochi investigation

Paul Mayne // Western News

Western Law professor Richard H. McLaren has been appointed as the independent person heading a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) investigation team tasked with probing doping allegations related to 2014 Sochi Olympics, WADA President Sir Craig Reedie announced today.

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Sir Craig Reedie has appointed Western Law professor Richard H. McLaren as the independent person heading an investigation team tasked with probing doping allegations related to 2014 Sochi Olympics.

McLaren, a renowned international sports lawyer, was one of WADA’s three-person Independent Commission, led by founding WADA President Richard W. Pound, LLD’04, which exposed widespread doping in the All-Russia Athletic Federation. McLaren will work independently and be supported by the multi-disciplinary team that has been established by WADA.

Counsel to McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP, McLaren has significant experience in the world of international sports law, including being a longstanding member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

He has been a member of the ad hoc Divisions of CAS at the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan (1998) and Turin, Italy (2006) and the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia (2000), Athens, Greece (2004) Beijing, China (2008).