USA anti-doping chief Tygart says WADA is 'fox guarding hen house'

  • USA anti-doping chief Tygart says WADA is 'fox guarding hen house'

USA anti-doping chief Tygart says WADA is 'fox guarding hen house'

Tygart, who was a strong supporter of a blanket ban on Russian athletes in Rio, said WADA should be able to hand out sanctions for non-compliance to countries or federations, something it can not do at the moment.

The McLaren report said that as sports minister Mutko must have known about the "state-sponsored" doping programmes used to help Russian athletes at the 2012 London Olympics, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and the 2013 world athletics championships held in Moscow.

"I have sent a letter yesterday to the WADA management notifying it that the university has launched work on the establishment on an anti-doping laboratory", Sadovnichy told a news conference in TASS on Tuesday.

Less than two years ago, the WADA Independent Commission carried out an investigation of the activities of RUSADA (Russian Anti-Doping Agency), the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and the Russian Sports Ministry, and announced the results of the probe on November 9, 2015.

Kolobkov said: "We are ready for inspections and ready to pass all external tests - we don't object to this". "I have also extended invitations to WADA executives and specialists to come and visit us to see the start of our work".

He explained that doping has been criminalised in Russia, RUSADA has been made independent of government and its budget tripled.

Now in hiding in the United States, Rodchenkov is the main whistleblower for a second WADA-sponsored investigation in 2016, this time conducted by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren. The agency said that Portugalov administered the doping programmes and "even injected athletes himself".

Noting Rodchenkov's 2011 arrest on drug-trafficking charges, Kolobkov said "We don't understand how you can believe the testimony of somebody who has been involved in crimes". But more were needed, he said.

Kolobkov concluded by saying he was unaware of any evidence in McLaren's report that would result in anti-doping cases being brought against individual athletes.

Speaking to Reuters during a WADA meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tygart said as long as sports bodies were represented on WADA, the anti-doping organisation could not deliver on its promise to crack down on cheats.

He said Russian Federation was "well aware time is of the essence" if is to be reinstated this year but welcomed Putin's intervention as "going in the right direction".

Senior figures in athletics and at Wada have welcomed Russia's work on restoring its anti-doping programme but have stressed the country still has a lot to do.

The former doctor, who counseled the Russian athletics federation, is reportedly working with Russian hockey players after being banned for life by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).