WHAT THEY SAID ...

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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”.

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