Quote Of The Day
Michael Ashenden: “The irony of a disgraced federation casting aspersions is not lost on me. But their deliberately bloated document, no doubt intended to muddy the waters, cannot go unanswered. … The IAAF pleads that it could not have done more. Faced with the life threatening blood values which they knew existed among their athletes I say they should have tried to push the legal envelope. … the blood values were so extreme, over such an extended period, that they should have tried to do something, anything. The IAAF were legally timid when they should have been morally strong. … [Lord Coe] was particularly vocal about my criticism of the IAAF, and defended its anti-doping department while regarding Lamine Diack as his spiritual president. I say the IAAF failed their athletes. Let’s wait and see who is sitting on the right side of history.”
Robin Parisotto: “I ask the IAAF to perhaps stop shooting the messenger(s) and begin addressing the glaringly obvious problem of not only blood doping in athletics (made evident in the Wada IC first report) but also the potential effects of blood doping on the health of their constituency. As a final statement, perhaps the IAAF should take a ‘cold shower’ and refrain from taking pot-shots until the second Wada IC investigation is over.”
– Australian scientists Michael Ashenden and Robin Parisotto (the two scientists in the original ARD report/Sunday Times article), criticizing the IAAF after its latest press release, which tries to defend the actions it’s taken against blood dopers.
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