The president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Sir Craig Reedie, has said he is pleased with Russia’s work in the struggle against doping.
Speaking at a General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in Doha, Reedie said: “I believe that it is especially important, that the current work which is carried out by WADA with the authorities in Russia, aimed at working with RUSADA and solve the problem of anti-doping.
“An independent public anti-doping commission has been set up in Russia under the auspices of [Russian senior member of the International Olympic Committee] Vitali Smirnov. WADA employed two independent experts, who have already been working in Moscow for a couple of months in an attempt to rebuild RUSADA, so that it fully works in harmony with the demands of WADA, working with federal and international federations. We believe, that it is a positive step forward,” he added.
Comment: There are only two decisions WADA can make in order to “fix” the system fairly. Either eliminate the granting of “therapeutic exemptions”, or start granting them to all nations’ athletes with equal frequency. Legal doping is still doping.