Quote Of The Day
Craig Reedie: “WADA is disappointed that the IOC did not heed WADA’s Executive Committee recommendations that were based on the outcomes of the McLaren Investigation and would have ensured a straight-forward, strong and harmonized approach. The McLaren Report exposed, beyond a reasonable doubt, a state-run doping program in Russia that seriously undermines the principles of clean sport embodied within the World Anti-Doping Code.”
Olivier Niggli: “While WADA fully respects the IOC’s autonomy to make decisions under the Olympic Charter, the approach taken and the criteria set forward will inevitably lead to a lack of harmonization, potential challenges and lesser protection for clean athletes. … WADA has been very vocal in supporting Yulia [Stepanova]’s desire to compete as an independent athlete. Ms. Stepanova was instrumental in courageously exposing the single biggest doping scandal of all time. WADA is very concerned by the message that this sends whistleblowers for the future.”
– WADA president Craig Reedie and WADA director general Olivier Niggli criticizing the IOC’s decision yesterday not to issue a blanket ban on Russia from competing in the Rio Olympics and to not allow whistleblower Yulia Stepanova to compete. *Discuss
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