POSTED: July 25th 2016

Olympics: WADA stands by Agency's Executive Committee recommendations and acknowledges IOC decision on Russia

Olivier Niggli WADA Director General © Getty Images
Olivier Niggli WADA Director General © Getty Images

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Executive Board made the decision to have the International Federations deal with the selection of Russian athletes for the Rio 2016 Games. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) acknowledged the IOC's decision and still stands by the recommendations made by WADA's Executive Board, which was that the IOC should consider declining all athlete entries submitted by the Russian Olympic Committee for Rio 2016.

"WADA is disappointed that the IOC did not heed WADA's Executive Committee recommendations that were based on the outcomes of the McLaren Investigation and would have ensured a straightforward, strong and harmonized approach," expressed WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie.

Russian State manipulation of the doping control process was exposed on July 18th by WADA's Independent McLaren Investigation. The Report corroborates allegations that were made by the former director of the WADA-accredited laboratory in Moscow, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov.

Reedie stated, "The McLaren Report exposed, beyond a reasonable doubt, a state-run doping program in Russia that seriously undermines the principles of clean sport embodied within the World Anti-Doping Code."

WADA is completely committed to strengthening the global system and announced they will be holding the first in a series of multi-stakeholder Think Tanks in September. They will focus on minimizing bribery and corruption practices in the anti-doping process; reviewing WADA's governance structure; and implementing consequences for non-compliance. There will be discussions on the independence, transparency, and responsibilities of WADA.

The organization is focused  on protecting clean athletes with integrity and within the limits of the financial and investigation resources. WADA is also pleased to confirm McLaren's mandate being extended, so he can finish the work he started. WADA has ensured to act upon and provide any further information that becomes available as part of his investigation.

 "While WADA fully respects the IOC's autonomy to make decisions under the Olympic Charter, the approach taken and the criteria set forward will inevitably lead to a lack of harmonization, potential challenges and lesser protection for clean athletes," commented WADA Director General, Olivier Niggli.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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