Oswald Commission

The Oswald Commission is a disciplinary commission, chaired by IOC Member Denis Oswald. It is responsible for investigating the alleged doping violations by individual Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. As of December 22, 2017 43 athletes are disqualified, 13 medals are stripped off. 28 of 43 athletes later successfully appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and had their results restored.[1]


Media attention began growing in December 2014 when German broadcaster ARD reported on state-sponsored doping in Russia, comparing it to doping in East Germany. In November 2015, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published a report and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) suspended Russia indefinitely from world track and field events. The United Kingdom Anti-Doping agency later assisted WADA with testing in Russia. In June 2016, they reported that they were unable to fully carry out their work and noted intimidation by armed Federal Security Service (FSB) agents.[2] After a Russian former lab director made allegations about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, WADA commissioned an independent investigation led by Richard McLaren. McLaren's investigation found corroborating evidence, concluding in a report published in July 2016 that the Ministry of Sport and the FSB had operated a "state-directed failsafe system" using a "disappearing positive [test] methodology" (DPM) from "at least late 2011 to August 2015".[3][4]

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