LONDON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Reaction to the decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Thursday to lift, subject to certain conditions, a ban on Russia’s anti-doping authority (RUSADA).
RUSADA was suspended in 2015 following allegations of widespread state-sponsored doping.
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JIM WALDEN, lawyer for Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov in a statement:
“WADA’s decision to reinstate Russia represents the greatest treachery against clean athletes in Olympic history.
“The United States is wasting its money by continuing to fund WADA, which is obviously impotent to address Russia’s state-sponsored doping.
“The only way to stem the tide of Russian corruption is for Congress to pass the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act, which will give the Department of Justice the necessary tools to put those engaged in doping fraud behind bars, where they belong.”
INAKI GOMEZ, chair of the IAAF Athletes’ Commission, on Twitter:
“Not surprising...yet, to say I’m disappointed is a huge understatement. I stand by my comments: ‘the reinstatement of RUSADA, given the softening of the demand that Russia accept the findings of the McLaren Report, will tarnish WADA’s reputation and bring sport into disrepute.”
PAULINA TOMCZYK, general secretary of EU Athletes, on Twitter:
“Among other things it highlights that athletes, even the ones picked by @wada_ama itself for Athlete Committee, have absolutely no voice in anti-doping. Athletes around the world need to organize in independent organisations and unions to be able to change this failing system.”
YURI GANUS, director-general of RUSADA:
“There’s a lot of work ahead. There are conditions...in order to definitively be reinstated we need to meet these conditions. So it’s a conditional reinstatement.”
RUSSIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE, in a statement:
“The Russian Paralympic Committee has an overall positive view on the decision taken at the WADA executive committee meeting on September 20 regarding the reinstatement of Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA.” (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Jon Boyle)