There were some strong words from WADA director general David Howman and Dick Pound about not being concerned about "innocent" Russians being banned as well.
He says by the end of June they'll have raised $600,000 and will ask the IOC to match it. Apparently Dick Pound's investigation into Russia cost WADA $1.54 million.
Pound's crusade against dopers and corruption has made him unpopular with some, but those that appreciate honest sport celebrate him.
Pound: “I think it could be. I’ve been kind of naïve. I thought Ben Johnson could have been a tipping point, but it wasn’t. I thought [1998 Tour de France team] Festina could have been a tipping point, but it wasn’t. But I think this is more broadly serious, and even some of the idiots that run international federations are starting, starting to get the point that this could all dry up if they don’t deal with the issue. The public is getting pretty inured to the fact that competitions are fixed, and they will stop watching and then sponsors will stop sponsoring and then it could all go down the tubes.”
Some great quotes past and present from Pound who defends the conclusions put forward in the second WADA report. Pound: "The real issue seems to be that I failed to participate in a lynching. I don’t do lynchings."
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Dick Pound: “Every once in a while, the you-know-what hits the fan. Once it has hit the fan, what is really important is how you deal with it. ... Like all organisations, there’s an effort to try to distance the organisation from the conduct that occurred and to turn each little grain of sand in the oyster into a pearl ... I’m sorry, but these are not people unrelated to the IAAF, and so you’re going to have to take on board the fact, at least the public perception, that this is an IAAF problem. It’s not just a couple of bad people.”
"They had a [19th-century] constitution in a 21st-century organisation." Pound also said that he believes the IAAF's recent lifetime bans were strategically planned to come out ahead of the WADA report. "My guess is [the IAAF] have anticipated our report. If they want to get in front, that’s fine. I don’t care how we get a solution, as long as we do. If they feel good by saying, ‘We already agreed to do that’, the fact is they only agreed because of these revelations.”
Dick Pound will once again present the findings which will center on the IAAF and Kenya.
This part will focus on corruption within the IAAF, but had to be delayed while French authorities finished their investigation.
In other news, Oscar Pistorius has cleared himself of murder and is now a free man.
Niggli talks about how his approach to anti-doping will compare to David Howman and Dick Pound.
“I’ve worked in organised crime for more or less 30 years and usually they cover up crimes and disguise as much as possible. But this is different. I remember one coach saying to me, ‘whatever you do, nothing will happen, nothing will change’. In some ways that was the most surprising thing that it was all there."
On athletes continuing to blatantly cheat during the WADA investigation: “I’m usually very cautious and, when I’m investigating criminals, usually they disguise their paths but we heard from athletes saying, ‘I don’t care as nothing will happen as usual’.”
“Russia built Sochi in seven years so this is child’s play. All you need is some direction from the political authorities and say: ‘Look, Rusada [the Russian Anti-Doping Agency] is independent and the lab is independent and anybody who doesn’t make that happen is in trouble.’ The same with coaches, you say: ‘Folks, the old Soviet system is over, we’re not going to do that anymore and if that is your method of coaching don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.’ ... You can either fight the findings or say: ‘OK, we’ve got to change'. If they want to be there for Rio they’ve got to really act. They’ve got to bite the bullet and go full speed ahead to really get all this done in time for Rio. If they start fighting over everything then fine, take your time, all the time you want but you are not going to work on your tan next summer.”
He said it should worry every athlete competing in distance events.