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Berlin (dpa) - At least 643 positive doping tests on Russian athletes were entered as negative in a period between 2012 and 2015, according to the investigation by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on a Russian state-run doping programme.

The cases were part of what WADA investigator Richard McLaren described in his report as a "disappearing positive methodology" in which the state, domestic intelligence and the Moscow anti-doping laboratories colluded to make positive tests disappear.

The tests affected athletes from some 30 sports, led by track and field (139) folowed by weightligting (117), Paralympic sports (35) and wrestling (28).

The number is described as "only a minimum" as McLaren could not achieve full access to all Russian records.

For the Sochi Games, dozens of Russian athletes were believed part of a urine sample swapping scheme.

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