Quote Of The Day
“In the wake of that exposé, the World Anti-Doping Agency – the organization that oversees the global fight against performance-enhancing drug use in sport – reluctantly started its own inquiry. Known as the Independent Commission, it was given the job of determining whether Russia’s track and field federation was operating under a state-backed doping program.”
“WADA knew of the Stepanovs’ accusations for years; Mr. Stepanov was offering evidence of extensive doping in Russia since 2010. Yet the agency was moved to act only after the German documentary …”
“Along with many athletes and other advocates of clean sport, USADA has been calling for a comprehensive investigation of all Russian sport, beyond just track and field, since the November revelations.”
“For over seven months, these calls fell on deaf ears. Only in the last week did WADA finally embrace the demands of clean athletes like Beckie Scott, a Canadian Olympian in cross-country skiing who sits on WADA’s athlete advisory committee, for a further investigation.”
– Travis Tygart, head of US anti-doping, writing in a guest column in the New York Times about the Russian doping scandal. In the column, Tygart is very harsh on WADA for not being relentless in its fight and for not being truly independent. WADA’s “governing rules allow its board members also to serve in an executive capacity for sports organizations” and “this inevitably gives rise to conflicts of interest.”
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