We Couldn't Have Said It Better Ourselves
“But for us to get where we need to be there has to be another story, and that is a recognition by athletes, federations, sponsors, agents and managers that they too have a role to play …
Above all, the clean athletes have to recognise they need to shine a light on the darkest areas of the sport. Intelligent testing rather than the ‘never mind the quality feel the width’ approach of some sports is proving more effective in catching those who cheat – evidenced in getting World Championship medals back to their rightful owners at the recent championships this summer.
But intelligent testing starts with intelligence from people on the ground and within the sport. Clean athletes need to need to speak out and trust that when they do, they will be heard. Federations, too, need to be mindful of relaying mixed messages to athletes. They cannot turn a blind eye to suspicious coaching. And their leadership cannot chastise athletes from other countries’ federations who have served bans, only to be ushering their own suspended athletes back into team duties as quickly as possible to meet funding targets.”
– IAAF head Seb Coe writing in The Evening Standard about how the next phase in the fight on doping must include more than just the testers – it must also include the athletes, federations sponsors, agents and coaches.
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