Cyclists file suit in Canada over Russian doping inquiry

Three Russian cyclists, Kirill Sveshnikov, left, Dmitry Sokolov, center, and Dmitry Strakhov appear via teleconference while translator Oksana Itmigitko speaks at a news conference in Toronto, as lawyers Eric Block, right, and Valentin Borodin, second from right, listen. The press conference was called to announce that three Russian cyclists, Kirill Sveshnikov, Dmitry Strakhov and Dmitry Sokolov filed suit in Ontario Superior Court of Justice against WADA (World Anti-Doping Association) for damages related to unfair implications that the cyclists had been doping prior to the 2016 Olympics. (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press via AP)

Updated September 11, 2017 12:37 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) Three Russian cyclists are suing the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Canadian lawyer who led the recent investigation into Russian doping allegations.

The cyclists contend that Montreal-based WADA and Western University law professor Richard McLaren ''unfairly implicated them.'' Kirill Sveshnikov, Dmitry Strakhov and Dmitry Sokolov call the investigation ''rushed and compromised.''

The suit has been filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

The cyclists say they were banned from the Rio Olympics as a result of the McLaren Report and suffered ''great reputational harm.'' All three unsuccessfully appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport before the Olympics.

McLaren detailed in two reports last year an orchestrated program of cheating that involved the Russian government, national sports groups and its anti-doping organizations.