‘Real Game-Changer’: Pound Panel On Expected Impact Of Interim Doping Report

Dick Pound, the former Commonwealth swim champion leading the doping inquiry team commissioned to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in Russia as well as Kenya and elsewhere will make the first findings of his team’s work known at a press conference in Switzerland tomorrow. “This report is going to be a real game-changer for sport,” says Richard McLaren, a Canadian lawyer who sits on Pound’s three-member panel commissioned to investigate by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

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Dick Pound, the former Commonwealth swim champion leading the doping inquiry team commissioned to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in Russia as well as Kenya and elsewhere will make the first findings of his team’s work known at a press conference in Switzerland tomorrow. “This report is going to be a real game-changer for sport,” says Richard McLaren, a Canadian lawyer who sits on Pound’s three-member panel commissioned to investigate by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

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Ger

“This report is going to be a real game-changer for sport.”

That’s a big statement for McLaren to make. Hopefully, he is correct, and tomorrow’s press conference will initiate positive changes for anti-doping in sport.
It’s hardly surprising that FINA don’t want to know about possible offences that should be investigated. This site has thoroughly documented the shambolic nature of that organisation. Their apathy is repugnant.

commonwombat

Yes, a little (understandable) hyperbole. This is NOT in anyway understanding its importance not only with regards to athletics but the wider sports governance and doping issues.

McLaren, whilst highly competent, is not quite in the top echelon of the profession in Canada and his university is not amongst the elite, either internationally or even inside Canada

Much as a lot (but not all) of his more recent activities can/should be viewed as laudable; I do still hold a somewhat cynical view of Richard Pound. He was one of the most notable sycophants of the Samaranch regime and it’s difficult not to suggest that there may be a certain ingredient of “pique”/wounded “amour propre” at missing out in the “succession” in his subsequent reinvention into noble steadfast warrior for probity and anti-doping.

I suppose there is no escaping the reality that WADA DOES have to engage in politics but it can be said at times that Pound, his successor Fahey and to a degree Reedie have been far from shy from engaging in these arenas; sometimes ill judged with the result being the name of their organisation coming out smelling not too many degrees more fragrant than those being targeted.

beachmouse

In American sporting terminology, WADA has just recommended that Russian track & field get the ‘death penalty’ and be suspended from international competition for an unstated amount of time.

beachmouse

The public report … [is linked from our main report – thanks Beachmouse – ED]:
http://www.swimvortex.com/wada-doping-report-ban-russia-wave-of-folk-close-lab-as-interpol-called-in/

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