"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

World Anti-Doping Agency Drops Violation Charges Against Russian Athletes Due to Insufficient Evidence

The World Anti-Doping Agency has dropped violation charges against 95 of 96 Russian athletes. The New York Times quotes Olivier Niggli, the agency’s director general, from an internal agency report:

“The available evidence was insufficient to support the assertion of an antidoping rule violation against these 95 athletes."

We do not comment on the sports politics involved here because we simply have no first-hand information about that, as most commenters also do not, many such commentaries being merely idle speculation and opinion, without supporting factual basis.

Important to note is that protection of athletes should be the top priority of any anti-doping agency and that doping charges should not be levelled at anyone without sufficient evidence. That principle has been applied here by the World Anti-Doping Agency.