The announcement was made by WADA on Wednesday. The three athletes were dismissed by a Toronto court on February 11, the agency said in a statement welcoming the decision. They were claiming damages from WADA and Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, whose report for the world agency in 2016 revealed a resounding scandal of institutional doping and test manipulation in Russia.
The Toronto court found that these matters fell within the jurisdiction of the Sports Arbitral Tribunal (CAS), based in Lausanne (Switzerland), and that the referral to a Canadian court constituted a “Abuse of process”, underlines the agency based in Montreal.
“This decision rightly closes the door to attempts to relaunch a dispute by filing a national legal claim, welcomed the Director General of WADA, Olivier Niggli. This is an important judgment which confirms the decisions of the CAS, which the whole sports movement accepts and supports ”.
“I’m glad this case is over, commented on Richard McLaren, who teaches law at Western University in Ontario. Our investigation has been thorough and professional, and our conclusions are indisputable. ”