Dan Roan writes that part of the fallout from this move will be that WADA will no longer trusted after it effectively left Russia "off the hook."
In addition to Liliya Shobukhova, five other Russian athletes were blackmailed by the IAAF to cover-up doping with huge sums of money getting shifted around behind the scenes by IAAF officials. Apparently Shobukhova dropping out of the 2012 Olympics was planned in advance so she didn't have to get a medal revoked.
*AP: "Emails Show 'Total Protection' Cover-Up Shielded Russian Cheats"
*Athletics Weekly article
*TASS: Former Russian Athletics Head Valentin Balakhnichev Denies Colluding With The IAAF
*2015 WADA Statistics Show Track, Cycling And Soccer Were The Most Tested Sports Weightlifting was the summer sport that had the highest percentage of positive doping tests.
*Mexico City Anti-Doping Lab Becomes Sixth To Be Suspended By WADA
While some of the TUEs are 100% innocent, others are more in the grey area and have "stirred a debate about whether athletes are pushing the moral boundaries while honouring the legal ones."
Farah says he's only ever had one TUE (a drop when he collapsed in Park City, Utah in 2014) although he revealed he uses an inhaler for asthma which he was prescribed in 2009 and swapped to a different one after moving to Alberto Salazar.
A long read that provides an interesting analysis of the power struggle and sports politics between the IOC, WADA, USADA and more.
The biggest proposition is to forbid anti-doping officials from holding simultaneous roles with the IOC or other sports organizations to prevent conflict of interests like exists with WADA head and IOC member Craig Reedie. *BBC article
Remember that the Stepanovs have been living in the US in an undisclosed location because they feared for their safety in Russia.
WADA clearly messed up in the past, but at least they, unlike the IOC, wanted to make the right call now.
Bach: “The result is death and devastation. This is not what the Olympic movement stands for."
*In A "Motion Of Confidence" In The IOC Executive Board's Russian Ban Decision, 84 Of 85 IOC Members Back Thomas Bach The one who voted against was GB's Athlete Commission member Adam Pengilly while Dick Pound disappointing was in the "for" group although he was critical of Bach.
*NY Times article