IOC Athletes’ Commission expresses disappointment, concern over RUSADA

BREAKING: IOC Athletes’ Commission releases statement expressing disappointment and concern over RUSADA's failure to comply with WADA deadline.

“As members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, we are extremely disappointed and concerned by the fact that RUSADA has missed the deadline of 31 December 2018 to hand over the LIMS data from the Moscow laboratory to WADA.

Over the past months, we supported the provisional reinstatement of RUSADA for three main reasons:

1) By provisionally reinstating RUSADA, Russian athletes could be tested more regularly and effectively,

2) Should RUSADA miss the set deadline, stronger and more effective sanctions would be imposed on Russia, thanks to the new International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS), and

3) The provisional reinstatement of RUSADA with a clear deadline provided us with a clear process and timeline to resolve a situation that has been ongoing since 2015.” (


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READ: Executive Summary of the USA Gymnastics and USOC Investigation

An Executive Summary of the findings of the law firm that investigated the sexual abuse of USA gymnasts was released on December 10, 2018. The Constellation of Factors Underlying Larry Nassar’s Abuse of Athletes places full blame on the governance structure of the USOC and USA Gymnastics, and on both CEOs at that time. Page 8 of the summary is clear on this.

“The conclusion to all sports organizations and its leaderships is clear: act decisively when you are informed.” - USA Sports Council President, Alfredo La Mont


Screenshot: Executive Summary by Ropes & Gray

Screenshot: Executive Summary by Ropes & Gray

Olympic movement faces hard decisions

From the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian: “Here in Tokyo, Japan, the As­so­ci­a­tion of Na­tion­al Olympic Com­mit­tees (ANOC) Gen­er­al As­sem­bly is tak­ing place against a back­drop of tur­moil in the cor­ri­dors of pow­er. Yet again the fo­cus on forg­ing the way for­ward for sport is dis­tract­ed by the tra­vails of sports pol­i­tics.

There are Olympic venues to vis­it, meet­ings with po­ten­tial train­ing camp venues in ad­di­tion to the se­ri­ous busi­ness of prepar­ing the Olympic move­ment for a sus­tain­able fu­ture.

That "the seas are rough" is not an un­der­state­ment or cliche but tur­moil is be­cloud­ing the wa­ters mak­ing the vi­sion a dif­fi­cult task. Out­ing fires that nev­er seem to go out.

Mem­bers of the Olympic sports move­ment are pulled in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions.”