(ATR) The leaders of 19 NADOs. National Anti-Doping Organizations, are voicing their frustration to the IOC for the delay in revealing the criteria for determining which athletes qualify for the Olympic Athletes from Russia team for PyeongChang.
NADO leaders tired of waiting for IOC specifics on OAR criteria (IOC)
The group, following a special summit meeting in Bonn, Germany, released a statement on Jan. 17 which read in part “Since the IOC decision on 5 December 2017 the panel has had more than six weeks to publicly announce clear objective criteria. The NADO leaders hope that the decisions of the panel will reflect the severity of the situation that sport is in and uphold the rights of clean athletes. But, independent from the outcome, the failure to announce these criteria and reach a decision more promptly is a missed opportunity that has undermined the rights of clean athletes.”
The NADO leaders also agreed that the names of Russian athletes, with their individual testing histories, who have met the criteria need to be published as soon as possible.
In early December a group of NADO leaders, through iNADO, conveyed recommendations to the World Anti-Doping Agency for appropriate standards to be used to evaluate the eligibility of OAR to compete in PyeongChang. These standards, which were passed on to the IOC Panel, include:
- A minimum of 12 months testing in a World Anti-Doping Code compliant program
- Minimum levels of out of competition testing
- Application of biological passport and additional analysis as appropriate
- No association with prohibited coaches nor reference within the McLaren Reports or other forensic evidence
- No pending cases
- Full disclosure of all knowledge of doping activity
NADO leaders also urged the IOC to not reinstate the Russian Olympic Committee unless it complies with the WADA Roadmap. Currently, the ROC has not met at least two of the requirements, according to the NADO statement.
Among other topics addressed was a request that the IOC publicly call for protection for whistleblowers and requiring any ROC reinstatement be tied to their ongoing safety.
Written by Gerard Farek
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