News 4 August 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 4 August 2016

• Sir Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has admitted to the 129th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Rio, that WADA received evidence four years before the first ARD documentary on systemic Russian doping. In a powerpoint presentation, Reedie admitted that WADA had received information from whistleblowers in 2010, but it was not ‘concrete evidence’ and WADA lacked the power to investigate under the 2009 World Anti-Doping Code. However, in this article, WADA’s Chief Investigator from 2011 onwards, says that he went to WADA management on a number of occasions only to be told WADA didn’t have the money to investigate. “There was a concern Craig Reedie would somehow jeopardise the investigation”, says Jack Robertson.

• It is understood, from Twitter coverage of International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach’s press conference in Rio today, that the final results of the IOC panel on Russian participation at the Rio 2016 Olympics will be published later today. There has been major confusion about how to implement IOC advice on Russian participation, as this article outlines.

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