Since being highlighted for his contributions in "Icarus," the Academy Award-winning documentary surrounding the Russian doping scandal that has spanned several Olympic Games, Canadian law professor Richard McLaren has lectured at several different venues.
One of those places was inside the UNC Student Union on Thursday afternoon about the lasting implications that this controversy could have on the future of international sports.
Globally renowned as a specialist in arbitration and sports law, McLaren has been a notable figure in the international sporting community over the last several years. This has been primarily due to his involvement with the investigation that ultimately resulted in Russia getting banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics.
In response to a German-produced documentary released in 2014 — which accused numerous members of the Russian track and field team of using performance enhancing drugs — the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appointed McLaren as one of three members of an independent commission that investigated the initial allegations.
“This caused such a furor that WADA had to respond," McLaren said. "Our examination was focused narrowly on athletics in track and field. (The independent commission) uncovered Russian athletics doping being overseen by coaches, officials and doctors. They knew how long the detection periods were, what substances to use, how to evade the testing.”