Editorial: FIFA is the top of the world sports food chain. If it gets to keep its status quo, its World Cup in Russia, the message to the rest is clear: IOC, WADA, McLaren, Clean Sport – go to hell, we’ll do as we please here in our private members’ lounge. The status of International elite sport that speaks of inspiration, role models and the pursuit of excellence in a realm of Fair Play hangs on a thread. If the custodians of it all now fall shy of doing all they can to avoid the freak show, that thread will exist no longer. Drastic action is required, starting with a note to Russia from FIFA to say ‘so sorry but we want to help you and the youth of Russia understand the importance of clean – anti-doping and governance – sport if we are all to be here celebrating excellence together for many more years to come’. That is the best pathway for Russia, its young sports men and women and the wider world of sport
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