Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

WADA urged to postpone decision regarding Russia


WADA urged to postpone decision regarding Russia; push for access to Moscow Lab data to ensure Kiwi athletes can have faith in international anti-doping system

Drug Free Sport New Zealand CEO Nick Paterson agrees with other International doping leaders that WADA should postpone its decision to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). “Kiwi athletes are expected to keep to the letter of the law, which can be uncompromising at times. They deserve to know that the rules are applied to everyone equally, no matter who you are, and that the system is robust.” He says he feels an obligation to Kiwi athletes to hold other counties to account. “My aim is to get international competitors tested and held to the same standards as often and with as much rigour as our Kiwi athletes. We’re fighting as hard as we can to give Kiwi athletes and sports fans confidence in the world anti-doping system.”

Mr Paterson says “It may be that Russia’s acknowledgement of the Schmid Report on state-sponsored doping is as close as we’re going to get to an admission” of the extent of sports doping. He stresses that “access to the Moscow Laboratory data and samples is critical to ensure athletes and sports fans can have confidence in the integrity of sport.”

“There were two remaining conditions that were part of the WADA roadmap before Russia could be readmitted. To ensure that we have a robust anti-doping system, our focus needs to be on ensuring that the second, more critical condition of access to the Moscow Laboratory is met. Receiving the analytical data from the Moscow Lab will allow anti-doping rule violations to be pursued, and justice to be sought for clean athletes. “




Further information:
• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Compliance Review Committee has recommended that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) be reinstated. WADA are due to meet on Thursday 20 September.
• International Anti-Doping leaders are calling on WADA to postpone its decision to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency until Russia can prove that it has fulfilled the WADA Roadmap.
• Read the statement of International Doping Leaders here. The recommendation of WADA’s Compliance Review Committee has been criticised by athletes and by the United States Anti-Doping Agency Chief Executive Travis Tygart.
• The Russian Government has yet to provide appropriate access for WADA to the stored urine samples in the Moscow Laboratory. WADA has set out clear requirements for this in their letter of 22 June 2018.
About DFSNZ:
DFSNZ is New Zealand’s national anti-doping organisation committed to protecting and promoting a culture of clean sport.
We implement New Zealand’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules, which reflect the World Anti-Doping Code and includes the Prohibited List, published annually. We help athletes to understand and follow these rules and take action against those who break these rules.
Our work comprises three key components:
- education through athlete resources, outreach programmes, seminars and research
- regulation through our testing and investigations programme
- influence to help create a culture of clean sport in New Zealand and to ensure anti-doping rules reflect the needs of our athletes.

To aid New Zealand athletes, as well as all support team members such as coaches and parents in understanding the rules applicable to them, DFSNZ provides comprehensive information on its website on the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs.

In addition, DFSNZ conducts educational seminars with National Sporting Organisations and their athletes, offers three Clean Sport E-Learning programmes, Good Clean Sport workshops and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the 2018 Clean Sport Handbook and 2018 Clean Sport wallet cards.
www.drugfreesport.org.nz

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Terror in NZ: Mosques Attacked in Christchurch

• There have been two attacks at the Masjid Al Noor Mosque next to Hagley Park, and at the Linwood Masjid Mosque in the suburb of Linwood, Christchurch
• Police commissioner says 50 confirmed dead in Christchurch terrorist attacks. One man charged with murder appeared in court on Saturday, two more apprehended - working to understand their involvement
• PM Jacinda Ardern has described it as a "terrorist attack" by those holding extremist views. She says NZ's gun laws will change.
• The national security threat level has been increased from low to high.
• Commissioner Bush said there were explosive devices attached to one vehicle that were stopped by police and these have been made safe by Defence Force personnel.
More>>

For the Latest: Scoop Search - Christchurch

Parliament's Condolences: PM's Statement On Christchurch Mosques Terror Attack
Al salam Alaikum. Peace be upon you. And peace be upon all of us.
Mr Speaker the 15th of March will now forever be a day etched in our collective memories... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Government Shouldn't Run The Christchurch Massacre Inquiry
At Cabinet yesterday, the promised changes to our gun laws cleared their first hurdle. According to PM Jacinda Ardern, Cabinet agreed collectively “in principle” on a set of proposals to change New Zealand’s gun laws... Yesterday, Ardern also announced an inquiry into the background to the mosque attacks and into the role played by the SIS, GCSB, Police, Customs, and Immigration. More>>

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On The School Climate Strike

Locally, the school strike has won a ton of support for bringing climate change to the fore. Yet the strikers don't want mere expressions of support. They want action. More>>

ALSO:

"Grabbed And Struck In The Face": Greens Co-Leader Attacked While Walking To Work

Green Party co-leader James Shaw was the victim of an unprovoked attack when he was walking to work in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

████████ ████ ███: Latest OIA Statistics Released

The latest statistics cover 110 agencies that collectively completed 18,106 official information requests between July and December 2018, a 16.4% increase on the 15,551 requests for the previous six months. More>>

ALSO:

'Hit And Run' Inquiry: New Legal Action Over Secrecy

The lawyer representing the Afghan villagers in the inquiry into Operation Burnham has launched legal proceedings calling for a judicial review in the investigation. More>>

ALSO:

From Hydro Plan To...: Mokihinui River Land To Join Kahurangi National Park

A total of 64,400 hectares of conservation land in the Mokihinui River catchment on the West Coast north of Westport, including 15 km of riverbed, is being added to Kahurangi National Park. “Adding this area, roughly half the size of Auckland City, to Kahurangi is the largest addition of land to an existing national park in New Zealand’s history,” Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels