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WADA chief depends response to Russia doping scandal

Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 00:51

The World Anti-Doping Agency's president defends response to the Russian doping, saying that only part of ''system is broken''

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SHOWS: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (AUGUST 2, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WADA PRESIDENT, CRAIG REEDIE, SAYING: "I heard this morning the view that the system is broken. I would like to think that all of the system is not broken. Part of the system is broken. And perhaps looking forward we should start by trying to identify those parts that need full attention." 2. WADA PRESIDENT CRAIG REEDIE AT NEW CONFERENCE 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WADA PRESIDENT, CRAIG REEDIE, SAYING: "It is not often that sport is confronted with what has come out of Russia over the last 18 months. I mean this is really, really difficult to handle. And it puts pressure on everyone, it puts pressure on the IOC, it puts pressure on the athletes, it puts pressure on WADA." STORY: The World Anti-Doping Agency was on the receiving end of scorching criticism on Tuesday (August 2) from the International Olympic Committee which urged WADA to restore its reputation as the war of words over the timing of its response to the Russian doping scandal escalated. WADA chief Craig Reedie, who is also an IOC Vice President, defended his organisation's actions, saying WADA acted once concrete facts were made available but added that things needed to improve. "I heard this morning the view that the system is broken. I would like to think that all of the system is not broken," Reedie said. "Part of the system is broken. And perhaps looking forward we should start by trying to identify those parts that need full attention." Reedie was grilled at the IOC session for what members said was a failure to act on information from whistleblowers of widespread doping in Russia until it became public through the media last year. As a result, a WADA-commissioned report on the extent of the abuse was published in July, leaving the IOC to make a decision on whether Russian athletes could participate in the Rio Games just weeks before they were due to open. Faced with the anger of several IOC members and a tough session on Tuesday, Reedie told reporters he had "not been run under the bus" by the IOC. "It is not often that sport is confronted with what has come out of Russia over the last 18 months. I mean this is really, really difficult to handle. And it puts pressure on everyone," he said. The scandal has led to dozens of Russian athletes being banned from the Olympics, which begin on Friday (August 5), including essentially the entire track-and-field team. But the IOC has come under fire for not imposing a blanket ban on Russian athletes, despite the report revealing systematic state-backed doping in the country.

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WADA chief depends response to Russia doping scandal

Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 00:51