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My impression from what I've seen and heard is that there is no connection with the institutionalized doping we had in Sochi, it seems to be a totally different case, but again, it is difficult to have an opinion without all the details.
The first thing you have to do is figure out what was she trying to accomplish with the post, was it just to tell her story or did she want an investigation and [ drop ] consequences if she was able to establish the coercion ?
I must say I'm really puzzled by that assessment of it, basically, lots of people around the world were looking to see what happened to Peng Shuai and nobody was able to establish contact.
We don't really have links with the Chinese government, we're pretty careful about compartmentalizing the organization of the Olympics. These are not government Games. These are The IOC Games, and there's an organizing committee that is responsible for The IOC.
I think they eventually realized that even if Japan was under control the rest of the world was not.
Found on Reuters 3 years ago
There is an interesting constitutional, jurisdictional issue there, it would bring up the larger question of who is really running track and field, is it the IAAF or is it the IOC?
Found on Reuters 6 years ago
The more the rot appears to spread, the harder it is for them to develop the kind of credibility they need on this.
They( World Anti-Doping Agency) could certainly ask the IOC if they would do that( re-test samples) by and large with steroids, especially if World Anti-Doping Agency is World Anti-Doping Agency, they are pretty good about the clearance times. It is the not-so-gifted amateurs that sometimes get the clearance times wrong and end up testing positive.
They might well do that( ask for a re-test) but I think what they would really prefer to do would be to get hold of Radchenkov, people make it sound like he is in America somewhere. He's a fairly slippery character.
We knew it would be a stretch for them but if they devoted themselves, heart and soul, to getting it done, it would be possible., yet here we are four months later and I think somehow they must have convinced themselves that it would go away... time is shrinking.
Kenya are at least getting to the point where the legislation( for the anti-doping lab) will be in place some time in the next 10 days, whether that will be applied or not, is another matter.
My guess is Russia may not make it back for Rio. The IAAF and WADA are not going to risk their reputations by rolling over and playing dead.
There seems to be some evidence that they’re just changing deckchairs on the Titanic.
They had an opportunity a long time ago to address issues of governance.
Coe and Bubka were there (as vice-presidents to Diack), it's easy enough if you want to get a governance review. They had a (19th-century) constitution in a 21st-century organization.
I think people will say 'how on earth could this happen?' it's a complete betrayal of what the people in charge of the sport should be doing.
It's my expectation that Russian athletes will be in Rio... and I'd be very surprised if the organisations that have to declare them compliant again would not be cooperative in making that happen.
It would be nice to have it done in 2015, but it looks more likely to be January.
When we release this information to the world, there will be a wow factor, people will say :' How on earth could this happen ?' It's a complete betrayal of what the people in charge of the sport should be doing.
I'm not sure they( WADA) realized they had the muscle until we got our teeth into some reliable evidence and followed up on it and came out with a report with recommendations, maybe that's the new WADA. Maybe we could have gotten there sooner if we had known how to deal with the kind of information that was coming from whistle blowers.
They'll have to find a new laboratory director that will satisfy the world anti-doping agency as to his or her ... willingness to make sure that the laboratory acts independently and is not subject to any pressures regarding the non-disclosure of positive samples, as far as the Russian anti-doping agency is concerned it's a matter again of making sure that it operates independently of the government of Russia, even though it will be funded by it.
Kenya has a real problem and have been very slow to acknowledge it, russia is not the only country and athletics is not the only sport with a doping problem.
I think he is. I think Seb Coe is somebody who can grasp this and can be transformational enough to effect some change in athletics. I hope so because his sport is at risk if he doesn't.
I think the credibility of sport has taken some fairly serious body blows in the last few months, with FIFA and its particular forms of corruption and now the IAAF, and these are two of the most important sports in the world.
It's worse than we thought, It has the effect of factually affecting the results on the field of play and athletes, both in Russia and abroad, are suffering as a result, it may be a residue of the old Soviet system ... they must stop it and make a new start.
For 2016, our recommendation is that the Russian Federation be suspended, in fact, one of our hopes is that they will volunteer that, so that they can take the remedial work in time to make sure that Russian athletes can compete under a new framework.
I hope all sports will look at their governance and their anti-doping systems because their existence may be at risk, public opinion is going to move towards the view that all sport is corrupt.
It's disappointing to see the nature and the extent of what was going on, it's worse than we thought, it has the effect, unlike other forms of corruption of actually effecting the results on the field of play... If you can't believe results then there is a serious credibility problem. I hope all sports will look at their governance and their anti-doping systems because their existence may be at risk.
I would like to voice my disappointment in the Backstrom case, we have an athlete who failed a test and is walking around with a silver medal around his neck, i think we fumbled the ball.
This is a guy( Backstrom) who tests positive in the Olympic tournament and somehow when the smoke clears he gets an Olympic medal, i don't get it.
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