Sieg Lindstrom explains how the splits aren't accurate and the presentation in the results are horrible. We definitely agree; when the NCAA and Penn Relays can get results formatted so well, why are the IAAF's so bad?
The study found that female athletes with high testosterone levels can have a 1.8% to 4.5% competitive advantage. The IAAF will use this new research in their CAS case to reinstate the suspended hyperandrogenism rules.
*The Guardian: "Caster Semenya Could Be Forced To Undertake Hormone Therapy For Future Olympics" Unfortunately the regulations wouldn't be reinstated in time for 2017 Worlds.
*Joanna Harper: "Using Testosterone To Categorize Male And Female Athletes Isn't Perfect, But It's The Best Solution We Have" Harper, a gender in sport expert who has written for LRC, evaluates the new study and what it means for hyperandrogenic athletes.
The idea is to erase records that occurred before there was proper out-of-competition testing and stored frozen samples. Records that would be scrapped include Flo-Jo's 100/200 marks, Hicham El Guerrouj's 1500m mark, Paula Radcliffe's 2:15:25 marathon and numerous marks set by Eastern Bloc countries during the state-sponsored doping era.
*The Telegraph: "Paula Radcliffe Reacts With Fury" "It is a heavy-handed way to wipe out some really suspicious records in a cowardly way by simply sweeping all aside instead of having the guts to take the legal plunge..."
*Quotes From European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen And Seb Coe Coe: "There will be athletes, current record holders, who will feel that the history we are recalibrating will take something away from them but I think this is a step in the right direction..."
*MB: IAAF Set to Wipe all pre 2005 World Records from the Books
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
"The Olympic movement rarely takes that path as they focus on the short-term impact of the scandal and not the long-term health of the sport."
The group is proposing a whole new constitution and restructure of the IAAF which will see changes in the roles and responsibilities of the president, a new independent integrity and anti-doping unit and more voice for athletes.
Olivier Niggli: “The approach taken and the criteria set forward [by the IOC] will inevitably lead to a lack of harmonization, potential challenges and lesser protection for clean athletes."
*Good Read: Greg Rutherford Calls IOC Decision "Spineless" Rutherford ripped the IOC while Paula Radcliffe called it "A sad day for Clean Sport."
*Irish Independent: "The White Flag Of Capitulation Flies Over Olympic Body"
*Good Read: NY Times: Russia Decision Muddies Legacy Of IOC President Thomas Bach "Bach could have set a strong example for nations who dare to cheat on the playing field as boldly and as defiantly as Russia did. But he failed, and in so many ways, too. As a leader. As a voice for clean sports and clean athletes. As someone expected to keep his word. Is this the same Thomas Bach who — within just the last year — preached that the I.O.C. has 'zero tolerance' when it comes to 'doping and any kind of manipulation and corruption'?"
*The Guardian's Owen Gibson: "IOC Chooses Obfuscation And Chaos" "The IOC could have made a powerful stand by banning the Russian team from Rio 2016 for its state-sponsored doping programme but instead fudged the issue."
*Russia Greets IOC Decision With Relief And Jubilation Russian modern pentathlete Alexander Lesun: "Thank God the grown-ups at the IOC made this decision and didn’t collapse under pressure from the newspapers and everyone else."
*NY Times: "Who's Really In The Fight Against Doping?" ... Apparently not the IOC.
*Russia Celebrates Its Rio Reprieve Comments from sports minister Vitaly Mutko.
*The Telegraph: "Olympics Authorities Are Teaching Vladimir Putin He Can Get Away With Anything"
*Audio: IOC President Thomas Bach: "They deserve chance to rebut allegations"
*USADA Head Rips Decision As IOC Board Member Claims Sport Federations Will "Pull Out All The Stops" In Assessing Russian Athletes
*Seb Coe Says IAAF Willing To Offer Advice To Sports Federations Making Decision On Russia LRC has some advice too: "Ban 'em."
*USA Today: IOC Decision A Copout *2nd article
*Toni Reavis: "No Ban, No Justice ... The IOC took the cowards way out"
*Alan Abramson: "An Imperfect Compromise: IOC Mostly Gets It Right"
As for how whistleblower Yulia Stepanova could compete, the IOC Ethics Commission is "resolving it".
They have not been named, but likely include whistleblower Yulia Stepanova and Florida-based LJer Darya Klishina.
The IAAF are keen for neutral participation primarily in order to find a way for Yulia Stepanova to compete.
*USA Today Writer Accuses Thomas Bach Of Appeasing Vladmir Putin Because Of Russian Money
*Nancy Armour On IOC's Russian Flag Call: "The IOC Caved"
*Reporter Podcast: "Weighing In On IOC's Softened Stance Towards Russia"
*Full PDF Document Many factors will be considered on an individual basis including past doping history, association with banned coaches and doctors and having testing outside of Russia
Supporters of the ban might argue it's not guilt by association, rather guilty until proven innocent. With a systemic state supported doping system in place, Russian athletes have not be subjected to the same standards as athletes throughout the world.
There seems to be some different rule interpretations in play, but part of it involves whistleblower Yulia Stepanova as the Russian Olympic Committee has already said she wouldn't be able to compete under the Russian flag.
"This decision has been unequivocally supported across sport and the IOC Summit today unanimously agreed to fully respect the IAAF decision. The IAAF will now work with the IOC to ensure the decision is respected and implemented in full."
This after the IOC backed the IAAF's Russian ban.
IOC president Thomas Back said clean Russians should compete under their own flag, but the IAAF insisted they will compete "in an individual capacity as neutral athletes".