Felix comments on the Christian Coleman case and how she's only missed one test in her career (taking an exam at USC).
"The importance of trying to keep the sport together, particularly women's sport, that's important to me. It may be in 30 years, 40 years time society takes a different view and we have other classifications, I don't know. But at this point my responsibility was to protect two classifications and that's what we feel we've done. I think it's been handled as sensitively as it possibly could be. This is not about an individual athlete, it's not about a particular country, it's not about a continent, and I don't see this as a personal issue. I see this as the right decision and those regulations have been tabled for what I believe are the right reasons and, most importantly, the majority of my council. ... Look, no Federation, very few big organisations wanted to take the lead role in the challenges around DSD, and clearly, these inspire societal discussions as well. Transgender is, you know, is going to be a massive issue, not just for athletics but for so many other sports. I want athletics to always be at the forefront of thought leadership. I'm happy that our sport is brave enough to want to challenge these issues and take them head on. And that doesn't always leave you in popular positions, but they do tend to be the right positions to be in." *2nd article
However, because of the 10-year statute of limitations having passed (thanks to the Spanish courts), the names can't be made public.
They say reinstating RUSADA even though they hadn't met all the reinstatement criteria let theem move forward with things like gaining access to the Moscow lab.
He also claims that the "backlog [of investigations] is crazy" and that "there is proof of intervention from a higher body."
"I'm calling on all the Federation's directors to resign. As long as we're not honest with ourselves, the international community cannot lift the ban on Russia. We will end this disaster only when we admit that punishment is inevitable and that nobody can escape their responsibilities."
"We [RUSADA] are cooperating with the IAAF, we are conducting investigations. The scale of the backlog is crazy. It's the problem of the system, because there is proof of intervention from a higher body.
It's not known why the 1:58.79 runner withdrew just hours before the final entries were made on Tuesday. It's also unclear what will happen with the men's 5000m squad as AK is waiting for a response from the AIU on two athletes who weren't drug tested enough.