Russian cyclists' WADA lawsuit thrown out

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has welcomed a decision made by a Canadian court to dismiss a lawsuit brought against it and investigator Richard McLaren by three Russian cyclists.

The cyclists had been seeking damages over their exclusion from the Rio 2016 Olympics after a WADA-commissioned report by Canadian lawyer McLaren found evidence of widespread doping and manipulation of doping tests by Russian athletes and officials.

In granting a summary dismissal, made on February 11, the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario ruled the issues raised by the Russian cyclists were essentially sports-related matters that fell within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

CAS in 2016 dismissed an appeal against the ban by the three cyclists -- Kirill Sveshnikov, Dmitry Strakhov and Dmitry Sokolov.

"It is an important ruling that upholds CAS decisions, which are accepted and supported by the entire sports movement," said WADA director general Olivier Niggli in a statement on Wednesday.

"This judgement rightly closes the door on attempts to re-litigate matters through the filing of domestic claims."