WADA’s Reedie un­der fire from ANOCs over the Rus­sian scan­dal

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

The World Anti-Dop­ing Agency and its head Craig Reedie faced sting­ing crit­i­cism from na­tional Olympic com­mit­tees on Wednes­day for its han­dling of the Rus­sian dop­ing scan­dal, days be­fore its board meet­ing where the Scot is up for re-elec­tion.

Reedie, speak­ing to the gen­eral assem­bly of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Na­tional Olympic com­mit­tees (ANOC), said these were “trou­bled times” af­ter the Rus­sian dop­ing af­fair, which re­sulted in dozens of ath­letes be­ing banned from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

While call­ing for more sanc­tion­ing pow­ers for WADA and closer co­op­er­a­tion with gov­ern­ments, Reedie, who is up for re-elec­tion on Nov. 20, had to de­fend his or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ac­tions with half a dozen NOCs crit­i­cis­ing him at the assem­bly.

He also had to de­fend the tim­ing of the re­lease of part of the so-called McLaren re­port into dop­ing in Rus­sia shortly be­fore the Rio Games in Au­gust. The re­port un­cov­ered sys­tem­atic state-spon­sored dop­ing in Rus­sia.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion, trig­gered by me­dia re­ports of state-backed dop­ing in Rus­sia, led to a par­tial ban on Rus­sians at the Rio Games and the sus­pen­sion of the coun­try’s dop­ing lab­o­ra­tory, its anti-dop­ing agency and athletics fed­er­a­tion.

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