Media statement: ASADA notes IOC decision

25 July 2016

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of the International Olympic Committee regarding the participation of Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics.

The decision defies the well justified recommendations of the World Anti-Doping Agency and is a disappointing outcome for all those concerned about the integrity of the Olympic movement.

ASADA works tirelessly to protect our clean athletes and ensure that Australia continues to be a tough environment for cheats. In the lead up to the Olympics, ASADA has conducted more than 2000 tests on Australian athletes in contention for Olympic selection, and has also assisted in the WADA/IOC pre-Rio taskforce to ensure athletes from all countries are being adequately tested.

In contrast, there is clear evidence of state-directed cheating in Russian sport which undermines the Olympic values of clean, fair sport.

ASADA praises the response of the IAAF in recent weeks and hopes that other International Federations follow a similar path in order to protect their clean athletes at Rio.

We will continue to maintain a hostile environment towards cheats and work with stakeholders to improve the international commitment to anti-doping.