According to his report, over 1,000 Russian athletes - in summer, winter and Paralympic competitions - benefited from the alleged state-backed plot to hide positive doping tests. Moscow is pushing hard to get those suspensions overturned.
Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Moscow's anti-doping laboratory, in a 2016 interview admitted to personally administering three different steroids to Russian athletes and destroying tainted urine samples during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Mutko, the former sports minister, told the R-Sport news agency that Russian Federation had acknowledged Rodchenkov's violations of anti-doping regulations and fired him. They should have been responsible for (Rodchenkov) before as they have issued him a licence and given him a work permit. Lawyer Richard McLaren, who has been leading an investigation into Russian doping, identified upwards of 1,000 implicated athletes. "They were in control of him but now the state (Russia) is blamed for it", he added.
"Together, WADA and Richard McLaren prevented us from reaching our life-long goal of participating in the Rio Olympics, the pinnacle of our sport, and we allege that they wrongly associated our names with cheaters and doping." said Mr. Sveshnikov, one of the plaintiffs speaking for all three.
In comments e-mailed to Reuters, WADA dismissed Mutko's assertions. The daily said the absence of Rodchenkov's testimonies was the reason.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has cleared 95 Russian athletes of doping charges because it lacked sufficient evidence to support the allegations, an internal WADA report obtained by the New York Times says.
The McLaren report, an independent study commissioned by Wada, found evidence of state-sponsored doping.