“I would be very surprised if there was any thought that a deal is going to be struck here or in any of these cases. It’s just not the system. That is not what the AIU does. ...Look, I don’t think it is that complicated. I really don’t. The athletes are asked to give their whereabouts for one hour a day, and there is plenty of scope if that one hour suddenly becomes a problem. It’s not arcane maritime law. I’m sorry, you don’t need a degree of logistics from Cambridge to figure that out. If you’re hanging by a thread on one or even two [missed tests], then my instinct would be to be sitting by my front door for that hour. You wouldn’t risk not being there. If they fall foul of this regularly they will be banned. I can’t put it in any blunter way. And that is what the AIU is there to do. And that is what the AIU is there to do. It’s not a sort of an afterthought. Alongside biological passports and adverse analytical findings it is a central part of the anti-doping landscape. ...It’s the world [athletes] live in. They accept it. And they’re actually quite grateful that we’ve got systems in place that are actually protecting them.”
The online tool to will let athletes, media and fans track the qualification process for the Tokyo Games and sort athletes by discipline, country and qualification status.
“So, I think Wodaj’s disqualification is cause for a small celebration that progress is being made. The concern remains now that there are many races in Canada and globally that don’t do in-competition testing and are not part of the critical OOC testing programmes of the WA/AIU or member federations. Increasingly, we feel that it is becoming harder and harder to cheat in the top races. But will the dopers just move down the line to races where they can feel they won’t be caught? Etaferahu Wodaj is an important, small step and a message to dopers as to the lengths we will go to root out the cheats, but there is still much work to be done.”
“This is going to be a really good time to refresh. I think we were putting all of our chips in (to 2020), and now it’s gonna be regroup and see, can we do this for the long haul for another three or four years? It might not be the worst thing.”
Among other things, she says she's had her skin tone lightened in post-production after photo shoots.
Another rule recommendation includes increasing the max number of runners in the 3000m from 16 to 20.