Usada chief calls for complete ban of Russian athletes from Olympics
The World Anti-Doping Agency”has to get harder” and ban all Russian athletes in competing at the Olympics, says US Anti-Doping Agency leader Travis Tygart.
After officials were frozen for principle breaches, the reinstatement of Russia, has halted.
Russia has been banned from competing as a nation in sports since 2015.
Some athletes are able to compete below a status, including in the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.
“Wada has to get tougher and impose the full limitation on Russian athlete involvement in the Olympics that the rules permit,” said Tygart.
“Just such a resolute reaction has a chance of having Russia’s attention, changing behaviour, and protecting today’s clean athletes that will compete in Tokyo, as well as future generations of athletes from Russia who deserve better than a cynical, feeble result of the planet’s continuing calls for Russia to clean up its own act.
“It’s sad when a nation’s athletes endure for the fraud of the governmental and game system that they represent. On the other hand, the failure to stand up to Russia’s five-year portion of these rules would cause more damage to athletes and outside of Russia. The time for the roughest punishment available is currently.”
Last week, Wada’s compliance review committee (CRC) recommended a raft of measures including banning Russia from hosting and competing in major foreign events – after announcing the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) non-compliant over inconsistencies in anti-doping data.
Wada committee may take into account the recommendations and make the final decision on 9 December.
Trainers have yet to be in a position to compete for Russia after state-sponsored doping was uncovered. Athletes that have fulfilled World Athletics’ review board standards.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has demanded the”toughest sanctions” from Russia but might be willing to permit clean athletes to compete under a neutral flag again.
“Russia has been showcase the world’s anti-doping rules, kick against clean athletes at the gut and also poke Wada at the eye and get away with it time and time again,” Tygart added.
“Wada should stand up to this fraudulent and bullying behavior as the principles and Olympic worth need. The response suggested by the CRC is inadequate, especially given that the deceit perpetuated from the Russian sport system which is controlled by the authorities.
“History has taught us that the answer to Russian doping used in Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018 – in which a secretly managed procedure allowed Russians to compete – didn’t get the job done.”
Doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov – the head of the anti-doping laboratory of Moscow – has also called for harsher punishments.
“The gangster country continues to deploy a predictable and deplorable policy of interruption, evidence and lying to cover up its crimes,” his lawyers said in a declaration.
“The Kremlin have to consider the people of the planet have been idiots to believe that this spunky and transparent stunt.
“Wada ought to be applauded for revealing Russia’s latest offense, but if the IOC and the global sports regulatory framework gives Russia yet another free pass, other countries will just follow in their footsteps.”