Kirsty Coventry, chair of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission, that Bermuda Winter Olympian Patrick Singleton is a member of, said she supported the lifting of the ban on Russia’s anti-doping agency RUSADA despite widespread dismay over this week’s WADA decision.
The statement from the IOC Athletes’ Commission confirmed the group “agreed in principle with the recommendations made”.
The IOC Athletes’ Commission, led by Coventry, also called for “a clear process and timeline for receiving and fully verifying the lab data”.
Their support was widely expected after IOC members and other sports representatives lobbied considerably for RUSADA to be declared compliant during a fractious WADA Executive Committee meeting in Montreal May 16th.
WADA has defended its position, with President Sir Craig Reedie insisting the proposals made “are grounded in pragmatism and are nuanced interpretations of the roadmap”.