WHAT THEY SAID ...
Travis Tygart, US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive, called the reinstatement of RUSADA “a devastating blow ... bewildering and inexplicable”.
Jurgen Kessing, president of the German Athletics Federation, says he can “in no way understand” WADA’s decision to reinstate RUSADA and describes the decision as a “slap in the face”.
Duncan Mackay of Inside the
Games: “Seems to me Seb Coe decided standing up to Russia more important than becoming IOC member. I think I know what will serve his – already considerable – legacy better. Coe, remember, warned the IOC about dangers of doping at its Baden-Baden Congress in 1981.”
Race walker Tom Bosworth: “Russia haven’t met the previous demands, yet you, WADA, have been trampled all over and currently look like spineless wimps.”
The Sunday Times: “It was like finding out that the doping watchdog is actually a Russian-loving poodle.”
UK Anti-Doping: “WADA is not sufficiently independent” and has reneged on “its responsibilities to clean athletes, sports fans and those who work tirelessly for clean sport”.