WADA decision to lift doping ban is 'money over

Saturday, September 22, 2018

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London, United Kingdom (AFP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) decision to lift a ban on Russia's anti-doping agency is a triumph for money over clean sport, WADA's former director general said yesterday.

David Howman strongly criticised WADA president Craig Reedie for caving in to pressure from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and international federations eager to stage events in Russia again.

The decision was taken on Thursday at a meeting of WADA's executive committee in Victoria, capital of the Indian Ocean island of Seychelles.

“I am a little disappointed, to say the least,” said Howman, who ran WADA from 2003 to 2016 and is now chairman of the Athletics Integrity Unit.

“This looks like they have taken the decision to deviate from a carefully put-together roadmap for entirely pragmatic reasons,” he told Britain's Press Association.

“So WADA has gone from being an organisation that cared about clean athletes to one that cares about international federations that have not been able to stage events in Russia — it's money over principle.”

Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe said the move undermines the faith clean athletes have in WADA.

“This goes against everything WADA is supposed to stand for,” she told the BBC. “It undermines their credibility and the faith clean athletes have in them.”

Howman has little sympathy for the idea that Reedie, a former chairman of the British Olympic Association, had little option but to go along with the IOC's wishes.

“I don't care if you are under pressure, that goes with the job,” the New Zealander said.

“That's what you have to endure when you take principled stands. You are always going to upset one set of interests or another. WADA's main responsibility is to stand up for clean sport.

“The risk for WADA is that it has gone from being an independent regulator to just a service organisation for sports federations. That is not what it was supposed to be.”

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