By Jens Sejer Andersen, International director, Play the Game
Governments and sports have too many conflicts of interests to lead the global anti-doping struggle alone. Jens Sejer Andersen proposes to expand the ownership, introduce collective sanctions, increase financing and tone down moralism.
Ria Van Landeghem was suspended ahead of the ’88 Seoul Olympics due to results of her doping test. The athlete has contested the result ever since. Now, after almost 30 years, her suspension has been deemed ‘unjustified’.
Those responsible for the Russian doping system must be held accountable, say national anti-doping agency leaders in a joint statement and call for the exclusion of Russian sports organisations from international competitions.
The IAAF Taskforce recommends an extension of the allowance of individual Russian track and field athletes into international competitions. The ongoing suspension of the Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) however, continues.