NOC: The allegations about Azerbaijan in the "McLaren Report" are unfounded and biased
- 06 June 2020
On June 5, the website insidethegames.biz published an article entitled "The President of Azerbaijan thanks Ajan for delaying the doping punishment in the McLaren's report." It is noted that Canadian Professor Richard McLaren also touched upon issues related to Azerbaijani athletes in an independent report on the allegations made by former President of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Tamas Ajan about his activities during his tenure, Of the National Olympic Committee said in a statement, APA reports.
According to the statement, the National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan wrote a letter of thanks to IWF President Tamas Ajan in 2016, thanking him for his previous assistance. According to the report, the assistance was delaying the punishment for 18 Azerbaijani weightlifters who were tested positive doping in 2013 and creating conditions for them to participate in the prestigious International Grand Prix in Baku in December of that year: "It must be stated that the claim has no basis and is obviously absurd. Thus according to the World Anti-Doping Code, the doping controlling test of the athletes who committed anti-doping violations from the date it was taken until the date of decision all the results he obtained are canceled. It means that the mentioned athletes have already been punished. This step is taken regardless of the size of the result gained during that period or the prestige or importance of the competition. It does not matter whether the athlete participates in any competition until a decision is adopted. Because of this reason, this and other allegations mentioned in that report are baseless and biased. The leadership of the Azerbaijani National Olympic Committee has not written such a “gratitude” letter. It is impossible for the leadership of the Azerbaijani National Olympic Committee to write such a letter and making such an allegation is nothing but an obvious bias."