WADA com­mit­tee mem­ber quits

Manila Times - - Sports -

Olympic cham­pion Beckie Scott re­signed from the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency com­mit­tee which rec­om­mended end­ing Rus­sia’s drug sus­pen­sion on Satur­day (Sun­day in Manila) as the global watch­dog de­fended its han­dling of the case.

Scott, one of six mem­bers of WADA’s com­pli­ance re­view com­mit­tee, stepped down a day af­ter it emerged the panel had given a green light for the sanc­tion against the Rus­sian Anti- Dop­ing Agency ( RU­SADA) to be lifted at a board meet­ing in the Sey­chelles on Septem­ber 20.

WADA’s dis­clo­sure of the com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion on Fri­day drew crit­i­cism from ath­letes and other test­ing bod­ies who claim Rus­sian au­thor­i­ties have not met set bench­marks nec­es­sary for read­mis­sion.

The WADA de­ci­sion also came af­ter a leaked doc­u­ment ear­lier this week which showed that the com­mit­tee had ini­tially rec­om­mended leav­ing the ban in place at next week’s meet­ing.

Scott’s res­ig­na­tion, which was re­ported by the Cana­dian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion and the BBC, ap­pears to high­light ten­sions within WADA over the de­ci­sion.

Scott will re­tain her role as the head of WADA’s ath­lete’s com­mit­tee, re­ports said.

The RU­SADA has been sus­pended by WADA since 2015, when the global agency re­vealed a vast, Rus­sian state- sup­ported dop­ing scan­dal to cheat at the 2014 Win­ter Olympics, and for years be­fore­hand.

WADA’s ap­par­ent U- turn on Fri­day was con­demned by US An­ti­Dop­ing Agency chief Travis Ty­gart.

“Frankly, it stinks to high heaven,” Ty­gart said, de­mand­ing WADA re­lease all rel­e­vant cor­re­spon­dence re­gard­ing the is­sue.

“To­day, WADA has un­equiv­o­cally told the world the type of or­ga­ni­za­tion it is: one that sup­ports the de­sires of a hand­ful of sports ad­min­is­tra­tors over the rights of mil­lions of clean ath­letes.”

WADA on Fri­day said it’s com­pli­ance com­mit­tee was rec­om­mend­ing lift­ing the sus­pen­sion af­ter re­view­ing a let­ter from the Rus­sian Min­istry of Sport.

“This let­ter suf­fi­ciently ac­knowl­edged the is­sues iden­ti­fied in Rus­sia, there­fore ful­fill­ing the first of the two out­stand­ing cri­te­ria of RU­SADA’s Roadmap to Com­pli­ance,” WADA said.

It said Rus­sia had also agreed to pro­vide ac­cess to data and sam­ples in its Moscow lab­o­ra­tory to WADA via an in­de­pen­dent ex­pert.

How­ever in a sep­a­rate state­ment is­sued on Satur­day, WADA sug­gested lift­ing of the sanc­tion next week was not a fore­gone con­clu­sion.

It said Rus­sia still needed to pro­vide data from the drug­tainted Moscow lab­o­ra­tor y at the cen­tre of the scan­dal within a set time frame.

“If the CRC’s rec­om­men­da­tion is ap­proved by the WADA ExCo on 20 Septem­ber, RU­SADA will be de­clared com­pli­ant,” WADA said.

“How­ever, for the avoid­ance of doubt, the sec­ond con­di­tion de­mands that WADA re­ceives a copy of the for­mer Moscow Lab­o­ra­tory’s data­base and the raw data via an in­de­pen­dent ex­pert within a strict time limit to be de­ter­mined by the ExCo.

“If this is not met in full, then the CRC will rec­om­mend to the ExCo that RU­SADA is, once again, de­clared non- com­pli­ant.”

Gabe Nor­wood re­ceives a pass as Nik Khah­bahrami stands guard on Thurs­day in the fourth win­dow of the FIBA Asian Qual­i­fiers in Tehran Iran. MON­TREAL:

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