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IAAF Athletes' Commission letter to WADA Executive Committee

The IAAF Athletes’ Commission has today sent a letter to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s executive committee for consideration at its meeting on September 20.

The letter reads:


September 19, 2018

Dear Sir. Craig Reedie and WADA Executive Committee members:

On behalf of the IAAF Athletes’ Commission, and the athletes that we represent, we urge you to vote against the recommendation of the Compliance Review Committee to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and we ask that the original roadmap for compliance (the Roadmap) be adhered to in its entirety, including the acknowledgement and acceptance of the evidence and facts in the McLaren Report.

The sporting community around the world has spoken and the message is consistent and clear: RUSADA cannot be declared compliant until all outstanding conditions set out in the Roadmap have been satisfied. We believe that any compromises to the Roadmap will tarnish WADA’s reputation and bring global sport into disrepute.

We recognise that Russian sport has taken significant steps forward on the road to compliance; however, given the severity of Russia’s egregious violations to the integrity of sport, the conditions in the Roadmap are appropriate, proportionate and more importantly, grounded on principles of transparency and integrity.

The Roadmap was created and approved by you. Our request is simple: follow the rules that you’ve created the same way we are expected to. You owe it to all clean athletes to be the guardians of clean sport.

Yours respectfully,

Inaki Gomez, Chair
Valerie Adams, Deputy Chair
Paula Radcliffe
Adam Kszczot
Ivana Spanovic
Andreas Thorkildsen
Habiba Ghribi
Christian Olsson
Fabiana Murer
Michael Frater
Mehdi Baala
Thomas Rohler
Mutaz Essa Barshim
Benita Willis
Dwight Phillips