13th September 2018

UK Anti-Doping Athlete Commission members issue statement ahead of WADA vote on Russia reinstatement

Dear Sir Craig Reedie, WADA President;

On behalf of the UK Anti-Doping Athlete Commission, and fellow international athletes, we write to you to insist you and the WADA Executive Committee vote to maintain WADA’s current position on the reinstatement of Russia. Two of the conditions directed by the Russia Roadmap have not yet been met, and to readmit them despite this would be a catastrophe for clean sport. We play our sports by the rules, and we expect the institutions that govern us, and which are there to protect us and our competition, to play by the rules too.

The Roadmap clearly outlines what Russia must do to be allowed back. To ignore these conditions, ignores the wishes of the athletes you are there to protect. Athletes will no longer have faith in the system. It will undermine trust in the essence of fair play on which sport is formed.

We, the athletes, insist you hold the line on the Roadmap. Do not U-turn. Do not fail Clean Sport.

The Athletes of UK Anti-Doping Athlete Commission:

Sarah Winckless
Callum Skinner
Ali Jawad
Laura Deas
Andrew Heyes
Andrew Triggs Hodge
Emma Wiggs
Jo Calvino
Liam Tancock
James Hudson
Bernice Wilson

Vicki Aggar, Chair of the British Athletes Commission

• This media release was originally published by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) on 13 September 2018. Click here for the original.

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