Quote Of The Day
“It might be said that there is nothing to be considered, the non-compliance is plain, the reasons are irrelevant, so following due process is futile and therefore unnecessary, but the courts do not like such arguments, and therefore the risk of successful challenge would be significant, which I don’t think anyone would want. With respect, I don’t think that this approach ‘lacks urgency’. I note your concern that waiting till 14-15 January might give the Russian authorities a further opportunity to provide the data, albeit after the deadline set. I am not sure why you think that would be such a bad thing. I thought everyone agreed that it is vital to get the data, so that it can be determined which of the athletes tested in the relevant period have a case to answer and which do not. … If it is achieved, that is presumably a good thing, isn’t it, whether it happens on 31 December or next week?”
– WADA compliance review committee chairman and British lawyer Jonathan Taylor, giving a fair explanation as to why there needs to be due process before taking action against Russia. Although the last sentence of his statement begs the question, “Why bother setting a deadline in the first place if there aren’t going to be consequences for missing it?”
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