FILES) In this file picture taken on December 9, 2019 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Craig Reedie attends a press convention in Lausanne. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP
Outgoing WADA President Craig Reedie says the Russian doping scandal exhibits that clear sport is underneath assault, however the anti-doping group now has the instruments to raised weed out drug cheats.
Taking inventory of his six years on the helm of the World Anti-Doping Agency, the 78-year-old Briton insists the group is “stronger” than ever because it faces the “unprecedented” problem of the doping disaster in Russia.
“Considering the last six years in particular, I am especially pleased to see how WADA responded to the challenges it faced since 2014, in particular the Russian doping crisis,” he stated in his end-of-term message.
The disaster, he recalled, led to the creation inside WADA of an “intelligence and investigations” service, which performed “a decisive role” within the current choice to exclude Russia from main world sports activities competitions for falsifying anti-doping knowledge.
The Russian anti-doping company RUSADA introduced Friday that it has challenged the exclusion.
Ultimately, it will likely be as much as the Court of Arbitration for Sport to rule on the matter, stated Reedie, whose time period formally ends Tuesday.
“Throughout this process WADA has shown it has the will, the expertise and the legal tools to stand up effectively to this unprecedented level of cheating and corruption,” he stated.
WADA selected December 9 to ban Russia from taking part in main worldwide occasions for 4 years, together with the 2020 and 2022 Olympic Games and the 2022 World Cup.
Only handpicked Russian athletes will be capable of take part within the competitions, however underneath a impartial flag and with out the nationwide anthem being performed.
WADA estimated that Russia had “manipulated” the information of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory which had been transmitted to it initially of the 12 months, an umpteenth rebound in a scandal which began with the revelation in 2015 of an institutional doping practiced since 2011 and involving senior officers, secret brokers and trafficked urine vials.
The vital extent of state-sponsored doping in Russia, notably between 2011 and 2015, was revealed in an impartial report by sports activities lawyer Richard McLaren, launched in 2016.
The concern has dealt a colossal blow to the standing of post-Soviet Russia as a serious sports activities energy after internet hosting occasions such because the 2013 World Athletics Championships, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2018 World Cup.
The Sochi Games later turned infamous for the variety of doping violations by outstanding Russian athletes.