In a influx of responses to the publication of the McLaren report which confirms the use of state-sponsored doping in Russia between 2010 and 2014, the United States Anti-Doping Agency has also responded.
USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart stated,
“The McLaren Report has concluded, beyond a reasonable doubt, a mind-blowing level of corruption within both Russian sport and government that goes right to the field of play… and most importantly, our hearts go out to athletes from all over the world who were robbed of their Olympic dreams. Looking forward, we must come together as an international community – comprised of those who truly believe in the spirit of Olympism – to ensure this unprecedented level of criminality never again threatens the sports we cherish.”
Tygart’s response to the publication of the report comes shortly after both he and the CEO of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports both signed a draft letter encouraging the IOC to ban Russia from the upcoming Olympic Games.
“The only appropriate, and permissible, course of action in these unprecedented circumstances is for the IOC to immediately suspend the Russian Olympic and Paralympic Committees from the Olympic Movement… and declare that no athlete can represent Russia at the Rio Olympic Games.”
Following the letter FINA, the governing body for swimming, responded with their concern that the letter was released prior to the results of the McLaren report being published.
Now that the report has been published, neither USADA or the CCES has released any further statement on their desire to have Russia banned from the Olympic Games.
The IOC executive board will be meeting tomorrow through a telephone conference to discuss immediate reaction to the results of the report. To read the IOC‘s full statement click here. The United States Olympic committee also released a statement which can be found here.
For more information on the McLaren report click here.