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Antonio Urso
The IOC wants more than anything to get rid of the 94s.feedback
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Oct 26 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Doping. 193 people are quoted and you can read 429 citations of them about Doping. Olivier Niggli, Travis Tygart, Sebastian Coe and Craig Reedie, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Olivier Niggli said: “We have to accept the fact that McLaren's purpose was to prove a system, not individual violations. There might have been more evidence out there in Russia for sure, but there was a limit to what he was able to get.”.
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Julie Harrington

We were investigating him on employment matters and UKAD were investigating him on doping matters. After some months we were ready to continue with disciplinary action. Dr Freeman really wasn't well enough to commence that and so we've allowed him to resign. We continue to support UKAD and when Dr Freeman is better I would hope he would continue to support UKAD with any ongoing investigation.feedback

Aaron Burmeister

I just hope that people look at the big picture and realize that mushers out there are not doping their dogs. This is an isolated incident.feedback

Katie Coates

For the last three years we have been doing anti-doping tests, but this year was the first that WADA has tested our athletes. None of them have failed.feedback

Maria Sharapova

The finals are the stage that I want to be at and where I want to do well. It has been a long road, so this is very rewarding, but I also know I have another match to play, so as much as I want to be happy and content, I know that I have an ambitious opponent in front of me.feedback

Maria Sharapova

From what I have seen, she is a really good player. She is hungry, young [and] motivated to be in this stage of the tournament. It's very flattering when someone looks up to you, but it's also very dangerous because they want that position. They want to be the champion and no matter who you are playing in the final, both of us deserve to be at that stage.feedback

Anna Chicherova

It seems that the arguments raised in the court by our side were pretty strong. We now need to analyze the full report on the hearings, which is 94 pages long, in order to make further decisions.feedback

Joanna Blair

I and my legal representative have investigated the source of the prohibited substance and it has been confirmed that a creatine supplement I had been using was contaminated. Before I began using this supplement, I checked the ingredients to ensure this product was safe to use and, having satisfied myself that it was, had been using it for a number of years. I am cooperating fully with both UK Anti-Doping and UK Athletics to resolve this and hope this matter will be concluded shortly.feedback

Joanna Blair

I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to UK Athletics and athletics generally for any negative impact this will have on the sport.feedback

Oreste Vigorito

When you talk about these things, you have to understand if they really are mistakes.feedback

Oreste Vigorito

Here's simply a guy who has followed a medical prescription. However, we'll accept the ruling, like we've always done.feedback

Oreste Vigorito

The blame lies with a cream to heal a wound. You can't talk about doping. After a graze in training, the doctor prescribed him the cream that is normally sold in a chemist and thus can't be the basis of a doping charge.feedback

Travis Tygart

Wada should do exactly what they did before Rio and recommend Russia be banned from the Winter Olympic Games for its institutionalised doping and allow neutral athletes from Russia to compete if they show they are clean. Anything less is really a 'get out of jail free card' and sends a terrible message that to win you must cheat your way to the top and that it's OK even when you get caught red-handed as long as you are politically powerful.feedback

Fatih Cintimar

We will never ever give ground to those who become involved in doping. Everyone should know this.feedback

Darijo Srna

Today is another such example when I will once again prove that everything I have accomplished, thus far, both in my life and my professional career, has been achieved solely through hard work, integrity, discipline, and honesty above all. These are the principles which were instilled in me by my late father, and are the same principles by which I am raising my own children today.feedback

Darijo Srna

On September 18 2017, I was notified by the National Anti-Doping Centre of Ukraine (NADCU) that a prohibited substance was reportedly found in an out-of-competition sample I had provided on March 22 2017. Firstly and most importantly, I would like to make it clear that I have never knowingly or intentionally taken any prohibited substance, nor unfairly intended to gain a competitive advantage. I am investigating the possible source of the substance and am cooperating fully with NADCU in this respect.feedback

Darijo Srna

Due to the confidentiality of the legal proceedings, I am not able to comment any further at this stage.feedback

Darijo Srna

Over the course of my entire career I was always under the impression that I had to persistently prove myself over and over again.feedback

Darijo Srna

In order to focus on my defence and avoid any undue distractions for the team, I have made the decision to refrain myself from playing until the ongoing legal proceedings have been resolved. I will now be focused entirely on clearing my name and reputation.feedback

Darijo Srna

I would like to thank first of all my family, the club and our loyal fans for their continual support in this matter and look forward to being back on the pitch as soon as possible. This is not the end of my career, I can promise you that!feedback

Benjamin Mendy

After the game at the Etihad I was in anti-doping control with Kevin De Bruyne and had the opportunity then to ask him lots of questions. I knew at that point it was going to be my destination. And yes, Kevin asked me straight – 'When are you coming to join us?' And I said, As soon as they come and ask for me!feedback

Thomas Bach - International Olympic Committee

If weightlifting stays compliant with the WADA code then we proceed with this formula for Paris 2024. If it is declared non-compliant this will be a totally different situation. This is the idea behind this formula concerning weightlifting, that the decision to include them (for Paris) is subject to the compliance with the WADA code.feedback

Craig Reedie - World Anti-Doping Agency

We are currently working through an agreed roadmap. There has been much progress and it is really important that we try to get RUSADA compliant and deliver a proper, robust anti-doping test programme. The WADA board meeting in Seoul in November could recommend that RUSADA becomes compliant.feedback

Denis Oswald

We worked to find this evidence... We feel we have found a number of elements to charge a certain number of athletes. In a few days we will have the results of the first batch of 50 bottles (determining whether or not they had been tampered with) and then we can proceed.feedback

John Coates - International Olympic Committee

We have made it very clear. We will continue to monitor this. This will not just be an IOC Executive Board monitoring. (WADA) will be involved with us to make sure we monitor implementation of any actions the IWF proposes to us.feedback

Stanislav Pozdnyakov

This is not the first time this group of anti-doping agencies fuels the hysteria over the Russian team's participation in Pyeongchang.feedback

Graham Holland

We feel we are being victimised here for something we haven't done. If you know you are going to be tested when you win a race, you are not going to administer cocaine to a greyhound. I've been training greyhounds for over 30 years, and now I'm accused of doping them. You can pass traces of cocaine by handling money.feedback

Denis Oswald

In a few days we will have the results of the first 50 bottles, and then we can proceed.feedback

Craig Reedie - World Anti-Doping Agency

Alexander is very well aware of it, and in these situations it's down to words.feedback

Alexander Zhukov

It will be a Russian team with the Russian anthem and Russian flag.feedback

Maggie Durand

WADA would expect the Russian authorities to take responsibility for this deliberate system of cheating that was uncovered by the McLaren Investigation – as is stipulated within RUSADA's Roadmap to Compliance – rather than continually shifting the blame onto others.feedback

Vitaly Mutko

Before that it (WADA) should have taken responsibility for this man, given that it licensed him and granted him the right to work. It controlled him and now suddenly the government is responsible.feedback

Gary Wadler

There can be no compromise, no middle ground, no rhetorical acrobatics.feedback

Gary Wadler

Why should we care? We should care for many reasons, but perhaps most notable is that baseball, our national pastime, for better or worse, is a role-model sport and likely contributes to the alarming abuse of anabolic steroids by teenagers.feedback

Don Hooton

Over many calls and many hours, he educated me and pointed me to reading material, helping me understand what anabolic steroids are and what they do to the mind and body. Some of these experts start off with going into all the technical stuff with doping, and they can lose you really quick. But Gary put things in a way that I could understand, and was so compassionate.feedback

Nancy Wadler

It's really a mirror of honesty, having principles you live by, integrity and giving back to the world. You could say that also was his philosophy about his doping work.feedback

Javier Tebas

They are laughing at the system. You have got to say it in these terms. We caught them p***ing in the swimming pool. If Neymar is up on the diving board, he's p***ing from the diving board. At least we need to open a file, this needs to be investigated.feedback

Javier Tebas

PSG accounts reflect that they have more commercial income than Real Madrid, which is to say that their brand value is bigger. Well, that is impossible.feedback

Javier Tebas

We carried out this study of all the accounts, comparing the different income streams, sponsorship, etc. PSG has a lot more from sponsorship than Manchester United. That is impossible. That is financial doping.feedback

Juergen Klopp

I thought that [Financial] Fair Play was made so that situations like that can't happen.feedback

Theo van Seggelen

Football's enormous wealth is trapped, research shows, within a few leagues and clubs when it could be redistributed more efficiently and fairly to help protect competitive balance, which is one of the fundamental objectives of the transfer system. FIFPro claims the inflated and distorted market, with escalating transfer fees at the heart of it, has helped to destroy competitive balance. The transfer rules governed by FIFA are anti-competitive, unjustified and illegal.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

The available evidence was insufficient to support the assertion of an antidoping rule violation against these 95 athletes. The system was very well organized. On top if it, years after the fact, the remaining evidence is often very limited.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

We have to accept the fact that McLaren's purpose was to prove a system, not individual violations. There might have been more evidence out there in Russia for sure, but there was a limit to what he was able to get.feedback

Richard McLaren

To determine whether the provided strands of evidence, standing alone or together, build a sufficiently strong cable.feedback

Vicente Belda

What do they want? Blood? They ask us to stay clean and avoid doping and then they make the riders tackle this kind of barbarity.feedback

Emilio Garcia

We have just implemented pro bono counsels and also the process will be free for the players. We need to guarantee doping cases are fair not only for UEFA but also for the players.feedback

Emilio Garcia

We need to demonstrate the player is cheating. For the moment we have a positive report from the lab and now the UEFA inspector needs to prove he's in breach of the regulations.feedback

Emilio Garcia

The problem is limited. We are dealing with between three to five cases a year in UEFA competitions. Most of these cases are linked with recreational drugs. When we have a doping case everybody thinks the player is guilty. This is something we are trying to change.feedback

Emilio Garcia

When you impose a two-year ban or a four-year ban you need to be absolutely sure. It's the life of the individual.feedback

Emilio Garcia

This is a global phenomenon. It would be a good idea if the states go ahead with something about supplements. But even if the states go ahead with this policy then you can buy supplements via the internet with one click. The problem is really, really difficult.feedback

Emilio Garcia

We have just introduced public hearings for doping cases. We don't need to hide anything.feedback

Javier Tebas

PSG is a habitual offender and has been violating UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations for years. It is important that UEFA doesn't just look at the most recent player transfers, but at PSG's history of non-compliance. The transfers are merely the result of years of financial doping at PSG. PSG and Man City's funding by state-aid distorts European competitions and creates an inflationary spiral that is irreparably harming the football industry. UEFA must enforce FFP regulations to avoid discrimination among clubs.feedback

Caroline Wozniacki

I think putting out a schedule where the number five in the world is on Court 5, fifth match on, I feel at 11pm, I think that's unacceptable. When you look on centre court, I understand completely the business side of things and everything, but someone who comes back from a drugs sentence and performance-enhancing drugs, and all of a sudden gets to play every single match on centre court, I believe is a questionable thing to do. I think it doesn't set a good example.feedback

Caroline Wozniacki

Putting out a schedule where the No. 5 is playing on Court 5, fifth match on after 11pm, I think that's unacceptable. And when you look on Centre Court – I understand completely the business side of things – but someone who comes back from a drugs sentence, performance-enhancing drugs, and all of a sudden gets to play every single match on Centre Court, I think that's a questionable thing to do.feedback

Harrison G. Pope Jr.

There are many reasons to suspect that we may have undershot the true values.feedback

Olivier de Hon

It is an estimate but it's a pretty good estimate – within a 10 percent range of what was likely the truth at that time. It's a pity it took so long to publish. It was really new when they conducted it.feedback

Michel Audran

It's a snapshot of the time. In my opinion, it has diminished a lot since then.feedback

Daniel Cormier

It's hard to find words to describe how I'm feeling right now. I'm disappointed to hear the news. It's very emotional. We as athletes are entitled to due process, and I will refrain from saying much more until I know exactly what happened. In my mind, on July 29, I competed and I lost. I thought Jon Jones was the better man that day. I don't know what to think anymore. I can't believe we are going through all of this again. We will see what happens next. Thank you to all my fans who have supported me during this dark time. I love you all very much.feedback

Bernard Giudicelli

Though there can be a wild card after an injury, there cannot be one for a return from doping.feedback

Ed Warner

My view as the organiser is these are paying customers who have got every right to come and express their view. The public is entitled to express their view about doping in our sport and people feel very passionately about it and we felt that passion come out there and then.feedback

Andrew Holness

I think there should be very stringent penalties for people who use performance-enhancing drugs in sport. But at the same time once the person has paid their penalty, they've done their time, and the governing body has allowed them in the sport, then I really don't have a comment on whether or not victory is deserved - he [Gatlin] has won the race. Certainly there is a dampening of the mood but we're still very festive because Usain Bolt is such a great sportsman, his achievements are probably superhuman, but at the end of the day we're all human beings and sometimes these things do happen.feedback

Dmitry Shylakhtin

I would like to apologize to all athletes who have had gold and silver medals snatched from them at competitions. I can assure you that our new team will fight doping and what happened will never happen again.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

Neymar is one of the best players in the world, so commercially that is very strong but the problem is not Neymar -- the problem is the consequences. He wants to get the cup, the medal and be in the pictures but one doctor wants to close him in a small room because of the doping control. It's very hard to control a player in this situation and UEFA should consider this. It's not a normal match -- it's a cup, a medal, a celebration. It's everything.feedback

Bryan Fogel - Icarus

Essentially he was doing his job and his job was to help Russian athletes dope and avoid positive detection and to that extent there was never anti-doping in Russia.feedback

Sebastian Coe - International Association of Athletics Federations

I thought it was a very candid response today, a very candid presentation. The whole [IAAF] Council and the whole Congress was pleased...that the Russian Federation recognized themselves that they have been through some pretty torrid times and are doing everything possible to make sure the Federation is re-engineered.feedback

Yirefu Birhanu

There are a lot of managers. Some are doing their business from their heart. Some are doing it for money only, they care when the athletes are participating in races, after that they throw them away.feedback

Yirefu Birhanu

I had two athletes test positive. When I asked them they said they were told it was not a banned substance, that it was vitamins and many famous athletes are using this. But the athletes have already killed their life because it was a banned substance.feedback

Javier Tebas

We will not accept that money from a club like PSG that, without belonging to LaLiga, want to benefit from the rights of our organisation. If UEFA don't react, we will present our case immediately. We haven't done it yet because we thought that UEFA were going to take measures to ensure that Financial Fair Play is respected, and this 'financial doping' is avoided.feedback

Sebastian Coe - International Association of Athletics Federations

I think it was a very constructive day and I think progress is being made, but the (Congress) supports the recommendations of the task force that this was not the moment to reinstate Russia. We need to do everything over the next few months to normalize this situation. The guiding principle has always been that we wanted to separate the clean athletes from the tainted system.feedback

Alex Rodriguez

It starts with being accountable. When people can see that you're genuine, that's when they pay attention. You have to own your s--t. When I came back [after the suspension], I wanted to be a different person. That year off I just had to f--king change and stop being a jerk.feedback

Alex Rodriguez

We both appreciate where we are in our lives. We appreciate being parents, and we're so similar; we're both kind of workaholics.feedback

Rob Nichol

We're incredibly disappointed. This is school; an educational environment for kids to learn. Now we're talking about policing them under an anti-doping regime which is extremely staunch.feedback

Richard Ings

The only people we caught were the arrogant, those who got so complacent about their doping; or the ignorant, who didn't check the supplements they were taking. It is a system largely built on blind trust. And that has proven to be a folly.feedback

Bryan Fogel - Icarus

This is the spreadsheet of every single Russian athlete on the state‑mandated protocol. What every single athlete was taking in London, including their sample numbers and collection.feedback

Bryan Fogel - Icarus

When Christiane goes back and tests these samples correctly she will find them all positive. We have all their protocols before the London Games, we have the same for Beijing … this goes back to 1968. There never was any anti-doping in Russia ever.feedback

Richard McLaren

In his opinion today Wada still knows nothing. He believes the entire system is essentially a joke. He likens the fight of the anti-doping movement to believing in the Bible.feedback

Grigory Rodchenkov

He is my friend from school time and he never complained about his heart or any health problems. He had a young wife. They dreamed about children – I was talking to him day before. It's dangerous to write a book in Russia.feedback

John Charles Thomas

Roberts could not count the number of times they kissed between 1 p.m. and the doping control officer's arrival [at 4:07 p.m.]. [F]or Roberts it must have been like lightning out of a clear blue sky for him to learn that by kissing his girlfriend this time that he was exposing himself to a prohibited substance.feedback

Sebastian Coe - International Association of Athletics Federations

It would be wrong to make assumptions based upon leaked documents without the full evidence and that evidence being put in context.feedback

Mo Farah

We have never been informed of any of Mo's test results being outside of the legal parameters set by the relevant authorities, nor has Mo ever been contacted by the IAAF about any individual result. It is totally incorrect and defamatory to suggest otherwise.feedback

Stéphane Bermon

Our starting position is to defend, protect and promote fair female competition. This study is one part of the evidence the IAAF will be submitting … regarding the degree of performance advantage that hyperandrogenic female athletes enjoy over female athletes with normal testosterone levels.feedback

Marcel Kittel

The image of cycling and also the way people see it now has changed. They understand this is a sport that had a very tough time, a very big problem with doping. They also, I think, understand that this is a sport that always has to pay attention to this heritage and that we are actively trying to work on it.feedback

Richard McLaren

That gives rise to the suspicion that there is a bank of clean samples and that it's been used with respect to footballers.feedback

Richard McLaren

We have some information where there is reference to trying to find a sample which would be suitable possibly for swapping. Either there's been tampering with the caps, so that contents could have been changed or the contents haven't been changed but there may be prohibited substances in there.feedback

Joachim Low - St George's Park

I cannot assess the situation. I have heard of it and, if that [there has been doping], I would like to have the names. Please print the names in newspapers, give the names in public and that would mean we should proceed where WADA or FIFA or any organisations conducting those doping tests just call a spade a spade. Then we know what's going to happen from there. If there really are the names there, they shouldn't be hidden at all. If there is something to it, make it public and if players have been doped they have to be removed. They have to be suspended.feedback

Joachim Low - St George's Park

Always keeping the speculations simmering and coming up with another set of allegations that so and so are there… I can't prove it and no one apparently can if we do not have the facts here on the table, and I don't want to assume that others do.feedback

Ryan Sandes

Four or five years ago, if you said there was doping in trail running, I would have said, No way. Now it's a reality. It was actually a camper trailer. I've been tested before, so I didn't get stage fright.feedback

Richard McLaren

If there are facts, let's talk about facts; if there are not let's talk about football.feedback

Richard McLaren

Why should we talk about somebody's statement based on an un-credible witness. We should talk about the facts. We know there were occasions where the entire team were tested and there was not a positive result. That is an absolute fact. We can discuss someone's allegations endlessly but those are facts.feedback

Alexey Sorokin

My first emotion was that I felt it's very good that the Daily Mail is focusing on such issues. That means the tournament [the Confederations Cup] is indeed going well because they are writing about things from the past. Seriously speaking, it's very bizarre that this appears now. It is clear that it is absolutely made-up news.feedback

Alexey Sorokin

We have received a very clear response from FIFA that players have been tested according to pre-match and after-match procedure. All the results are negative so I do not see what is to discuss in this regard.feedback

Alexey Sorokin

In general, there hasn't been a single doping incident in Russian football in many recent years. So maybe we should discuss things other than this.feedback

Alexey Sorokin

We do not think of it as a serious matter. It is very strange to find it in British papers right now.feedback

Vitaly Mutko

There have never been and will never be any problems with doping in our football. Our team are permanently being tested, they undergo doping tests after every match. They (The Mail on Sunday) have written some sort of nonsense. Don't bother reading the English newspapers in the morning.feedback

Vitaly Mutko

There has never been a problem. They have written some sort of nonsense. Don't bother reading the English newspapers in the morning.feedback

Dick Pound - World Anti-Doping Agency

There has been an institutional denial of doping in football for years ... I've seen too many presentations by Fifa, straight out of fantasy land, about how they don't have a problem. They absolutely have to take this case seriously.feedback

Vitaly Mutko

Don't pay attention to this, they have been writing about us negatively since 2010. Our national team is endlessly checked. We have doping tests at all matches. In soccer this has never been a central theme.feedback

Dick Pound - World Anti-Doping Agency

There is a huge onus on Fifa to reach a sensible conclusion on these matters before the World Cup takes place. It is incumbent on them to say what steps they are taking, what they find, and take whatever action necessary to protect the integrity of sport. Even within a governing body with as little credibility remaining as Fifa, if you were a senior official you wouldn't want to be part of a body that ignores this.feedback

Jay Monahan

While we are extremely pleased with the implementation and results of the PGA Tour anti-doping program to date, we believe these changes to our programme are prudent in that they further our objectives of protecting the well-being of our members and better substantiate the integrity of golf as a clean sport.feedback

David Lappartient

I want to make UCI a strong and well-respected federation by improving its governance and regain its capacity of influence in the Olympic movement. We must be unshakable when dealing with technological fraud, doping or the potential manipulation of results related to sports betting.feedback

Osama Ghoneim

The tests showed traces of banned substances and the five were suspended temporarily until the completion of hearings. We are currently conducting the hearings and they have been summoned. But some of them failed to attend the investigation and we gave them 10 more days to attend or face the consequences.feedback

Joerg Jaksche

Your recovery is shorter and the pain you are going through is less. It makes you very skinny. It burns fat. You are going to suffer less. It is the old school of doping.feedback

Roberto Carlos

The report quotes the name of a doctor I never knew in my life, and my lawyers have been called to uphold the alleged false allegations in the matter.feedback

Roberto Carlos

I went to Brasilia to participate in the awards ceremonies and, soon after, I returned to Madrid, in Spain, without any passage through Piracicaba. In addition, the report does not reproduce any evidence of my alleged involvement in the case.feedback

Roberto Carlos

I strongly reject the irresponsible accusations made by the German ARD network. I reaffirm that I have never used any device that would allow me to take advantage of my colleagues.feedback

Roberto Carlos

At the same time, the story states in an extremely vague way that I was seen in his office in July 2002, when I returned to the country after the World Cup with the Brazilian National Team.feedback

Roberto Carlos

In more than 20 years of my career I have never tested positive for any substances that would change my performance.feedback

Roberto Carlos

Throughout my career, I have always advocated fair play. The lying accusations against me are completely contrary to this thought.feedback

Jeffrey Stuart Brown

Throughout my career the health of my patients has, and always will be, my absolute priority. I will not be bullied or coerced regardless of tactics used, and I intend to fully defend myself against any baseless allegations brought against me in any forum.feedback

John Isner

There's not one shred of me that believes that those guys are doing anything illegally. They work the hardest of anyone, and they deserve everything that they've achieved.feedback

Anton Stratis

It resonates with the reader more if they can ground the issue with a real backdrop.feedback

Andy Parkinson

The evidence is quite clear: the problems identified were far beyond individual athlete violations and an anti-doping system that was not strong enough to catch those athletes. Instead, the system itself and the institutions that support this system were operating with the objective of circumventing the very rules the system was responsible to uphold.feedback

Andy Parkinson

Unless and until these problems are fully addressed, the taskforce is of the view that there can be no meaningful change in culture, and it would be almost impossible for Russian Para athletes to return to IPC-sanctioned competitions without jeopardising the integrity of those competitions. The issue of access to Para athletes in closed cities has been a problem for many years and still remains unresolved. Finally, the issue of the reinstatement by Wada of Rusada remains a key criterion for the RPC's reinstatement.feedback

Phillip Craven - International Paralympic Committee

With 291 days to go until Pyeongchang 2018, there is not a moment to waste. The IPC task force will next update the IPC governing board in September and if the obligations have not been fully met by then, it will be very difficult for the Russian Paralympic Committee to have its suspension lifted in time to enter its athletes into the Paralympic Winter Games. Clearly, with this timeline in mind, unless something dramatic changes in the next few weeks, the Russia will not be able to enter its athletes into the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships.feedback

Bernard Giudicelli

There can be a wildcard for the return from injuries; there cannot be a wildcard for the return from doping. I'm very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans. They might be very disappointed, she might be very disappointed, but it's my responsibility, my mission, to protect the high standards of the game played without any doubt on the result.feedback

Rupert Arnold

In a system of strict liability, trainers shoulder huge responsibility; that also brings great vulnerability when the source of a prohibited substance is unknown. We totally endorse British racing's strong integrity policy, including anti-doping, because all participants rely on public confidence. At the same time the investigatory and disciplinary system must not be a trap door through which the innocent may fall.feedback

Hughie Morrison

Hopefully, now some of the forensic information we have requested from the BHA will be forthcoming. We're doing our best to keep our heads down and keep training winners.feedback

Hughie Morrison

As the rules stand, the onus is on me as the licence holder to establish who administered an anabolic steroid to Our Little Sister. I have told the vast majority of my owners, who have been incredibly supportive and sympathetic. I employ 25 people directly, many of them living in the village, and it is causing enormous amount of distress to them as well as my family as I face the possibility of losing my licence and reputation.feedback

Hughie Morrison

She was away from the yard during the period that we suspect the substance was administered, when she was one of three runners we had at Southwell on Jan 2, a Bank Holiday Monday, She was left unattended for a significant time due to an injury to another of our runners.feedback

Bernard Giudicelli

You can get a wild card when you return from injury but you cannot get a wild card when returning from a doping suspension. I appreciate the media impact of Maria, I appreciate the broadcasters' expectations but in conscience, it was not possible to go beyond the anti-doping code and beyond the application of the rules. I'm very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans. They might be disappointed, she might be very disappointed, but it's my responsibility, my mission, to protect the high standards of the game. It is not for me to question that (CAS) decision.feedback

Frank Warren

It's a liberty. The man's got a living to get and this thing took place in 2015. It's disgraceful. You've either got a case or you haven't. Why does it drag on from 2015? He's 28 years of age, boxing is a young man's game, he's entitled to make a living. If he's done wrong, then get it over with. I think somebody's got to intervene, even if it's the sports minister or something. This, on any level, can't be right.feedback

Paul Melia

There's worry we'll find ourselves, if we're not already there, in the very same position as we were in Rio.feedback

Travis Tygart

Athletes have been here before – it's Groundhog Day. But let's hope this time it ends with decisions being made to ensure fair play and to truly reform the system so that Olympic fans everywhere can have faith that what they are watching is real.feedback

Graeme Steel

It had to be designed to be inflammatory. There's no other reason they'd do that. I don't foresee a lot of swift action concerning Russia.feedback

Max Cobb

I hope to hear more about the progress that Russia is making toward becoming compliant. It's troubling to note the contrasting views, when you hear the IAAF saying absolutely no progress is being made, then you hear (others) saying they're happy with the progress being made.feedback

Bernard Giudicelli

While it's true that the CAS has reduced her sanction, it is still a violation of the tennis anti-doping program. CAS reduced her sanction but also recognised that Maria was the only one responsible for her misfortune. It is not for me today to question that decision. I respect and we should respect the decision that was first taken by the International Tennis Federation's independent tribunal and then considered on appeal by CAS.feedback

Bernard Giudicelli Ferrandini

There can be a wildcard for the return from injuries – there cannot be a wildcard for the return from doping. I'm very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans. They might be very disappointed, she might be very disappointed, but it's my responsibility, my mission, to protect the high standards of the game played without any doubt on the result.feedback

Billy Joe Saunders

You only see the media side of Tyson, what the man puts out there. When you know him personally, he's different. If he was to show that side, he'd be loved more than Anthony Joshua. He's 28 years old and never been arrested. I'm 27 and have been arrested 12 times, so he's got a better record than me. He's a good family man, not an animal.feedback

Billy Joe Saunders

Mentally, Tyson is out of the dark place which worried me. We had long chats and, like me, realised that what we do is box. It all comes down to there being only one thing for him and that's boxing. He is good for the sport and it would be a shame to see it taken away from him. There wasn't a day when he wasn't up early in the morning ready to go out, running by the beach... Everything is there with Tyson, it just needs putting back together.feedback

Frank Warren

Somebody's got to intervene, even if it's the minister for sport (Tracey Crouch). This on any level can't be right. His big problem was, when they went for his test, Tyson told them to f*** off. He filmed it; I've seen it. He said 'What you've done to me is persecute me'. This is when he wasn't feeling too good (Fury vacated his world titles last year to concentrate on his recovery from depression).feedback

Bernard Giudicelli

She had committed a violation of the tennis programme and had to be suspended for 15 months. Today this is over, she can take her path. But if there can be a wildcard for people returning from injuries, there cannot be a wildcard for players returning from doping. It's my mission to protect the game. It's my mission to protect a high standard of play without any doping.feedback

Martin Wansleben

The economy continues to benefit from a doping cocktail of low interest rates, favourable oil prices and an export-boosting exchange rate. Companies are increasing their spending on machinery and equipment in order to seize the opportunities of digitisation, remain internationally competitive and drive innovation.feedback

Jeet Heer - The New Republic

Social movements like the Resistance are the performance-enhancing drugs of politics: They can help a party win, but they also fuel its rage and hamper its ability to think clearly.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I believe that positive processes which we have started, to reform anti-doping structures, are irreversible. We must listen to what WADA has to say, because we have to admit that we have several cases of proven doping violation. This is unacceptable. We will do everything to organize efficient and fruitful work with all our partners, including WADA and the IOC. I hope they have the same intentions.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Russia is ready for an open and consistent participation in work to establish an accomplished global anti-doping system. Once again, I would like to reiterate something that we have always stated: Russia never had, and I hope never will have, a state-backed system of doping support. On the contrary – we will fight doping.feedback

Sally Clark

I don't think you can possibly say drug free, but we are doing all that we can to police cricket.feedback

Tony Irish

The I.C.C. and the World Anti-Doping Agency view that the power-based skill set required in T20 makes it a sport that fits a similar profile to baseball.feedback

Paul Dimeo

It seems a low number and not much of a deterrence. It also makes it to hard to ascertain if there is a risk of doping behaviors occurring.feedback

Paula Radcliffe

It would be better to remove all records where there is sufficient evidence of doping to stand up in a court of law [Stasi files, later failed tests etc], and put in place stringent conditions for records going forward. But don't punish athletes just for the era they were born and performed in.feedback

Eddie Hearn

We are desperate for that fight because AJ thinks he wins comfortably, it is a great fight and it is the biggest fight out there. But we can only concentrate on AJ's career and guiding him. He (Fury) is miles away from fighting. He is in a terrible physical way at the moment. He doesn't have a license, he needs to go back to the (British Boxing) board, and he is under investigation for (an alleged) failed (doping) test. There is no one that wants to see him back more than me, but it is miles away. He is not the next fight because he won't be ready in time.feedback

Seb Coe

I like this because it underlines that we have put into place doping control systems and technology that are more robust and safer than 15 or even 10 years ago. There will be athletes, current record holders, who will feel that the history we are recalibrating will take something away from them but I think this is a step in the right direction and if organised and structured properly we have a good chance of winning back credibility in this area.feedback

Maria Sharapova

It was the best feeling in the world. I have been waiting for this a long time. I am not an individual that's angry. I let things go pretty quickly. I was studying, I was working, I was working on my business, I formed friendships that I did never have the time for to form.feedback

Navin Agarwal

We carried out tests regularly as we do on footballers and I can say that one of them tested positive for a specified substance that is also used as a medicine. We haven't banned any footballer. We are carrying out the investigation and due process will take place.feedback

Bernard Giudicelli

We will have to reflect on it... [it] is about an important topic like doping.feedback

Agnieszka Radwanska

I'm not hiding my views. I think the same as Andy Murray. This kind of entry into the tournament should be available only for players who were dropped in the ranking due to injury, illness or other random accident. Not for those suspended for doping. Maria should rebuild her career in a different way, beginning with smaller events. She wouldn't have a chance for [a wildcard] from my hands [if I was a tournament director].feedback

Maria Sharapova

Why didn't someone come up to me and have a private conversation, just an official to an athlete, which would have taken care of the confidentiality problem they talked about later? Ultimately the fault was mine. I had been getting clearance on everything I was taking for seven years and I became complacent. I was getting colds and flu and it started to affect my body. So I was taken to a doctor in Moscow. He gave me about ten supplements to take, one of which was Mildronate.feedback

Tim Hadzima

While we are distressed to learn of the reports of Jemima Sumgong's positive drug test, if true, they indicate that we are gaining ground in our long-standing fight against doping. Given our policies, until the conclusion of Jemima Sumgong's case and any potential appeal process, we will not name a Series X women's champion. The Abbott World Marathon Majors is committed to eradicating doping and we will continue to lead the way in introducing and campaigning for aggressive measures.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

Of course this is not great. Because if you're cheating, if you are a cheater, you have a perfect excuse [with contaminated meat] if you get caught. But that's where we are.feedback

Angel Herdedia

There were plenty of questions from Jamaican coaches [contacting and] asking me […] if clenbuterol was good for sprinting. They have asked me since very long, even years before that, they asked me how clenbuterol was good for sprinters and they were asking me questions how to use it. And whether it was good for sprinting, for recovering and all this stuff. Basically clenbuterol, […] they used it a lot for recovery, for increasing their oxygen intake, you know, for anti-asthmatic properties.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

We acknowledge that the clenbuterol meat contamination issue is unsatisfactory. We will continue to invest in scientific research to try to solve this issue as quickly as possible.feedback

Maria Sharapova

I don't know if there's much that I can control. I think what I can control, and what I always have controlled, is what I can do, and how I can go out there and how I can compete, and how I can manage my career and my time and what I do with it, and the way I play tennis. And that is bigger than any other word that I can ever say. I think actions speak so much louder than what we could ever talk about.feedback

Maria Sharapova

In tennis, you lose a lot of hand-eye coordination. Practice is never the same as match play. It's really different to face someone on the other side of the net. It's a very different feeling.feedback

Maria Sharapova

When you love what you do, and you do it with passion and integrity ... then you know what you stand for and who you are, and that's why I fought so hard to get that back. You always want to end your career or a chapter in your life on your terms and in your voice. And to be in a moment where you felt like it could have ended on someone else's terms was very difficult for me to accept. That's why I fought so hard for the truth to be out. You don't realize how much you love something, how much something means to you, until you lose it for some time.feedback

Craig Reedie - World Anti-Doping Agency

And the only way to do that is to make sure that the work that is being done by the two disciplinary commissions which have been funded – one is the institutionalised doping, the other the individual athletes – to get them together to finish their work as quickly as possible. We're a long, long way away from PyeongChang. We were four or five weeks away from the Rio Games. I think there is time to resolve that.feedback

Maria Sharapova

Although I'm at a stage or age in my career where you're closer to the end than your beginning, you always want to end a chapter in your life on your own terms, in your own voice. When you love what you do, and do it with passion and integrity and you work hard, and you work on court No 28 when no one is watching ... then you know what you stand for and you know who you are. When I'm out on court 28 and there's no one watching, that's when a lot of my trophies are being won. I learned that life can be OK without tennis. It was empowering. I've been training quite hard for the past four months.feedback

Maria Sharapova

Although I'm at a stage or age in my career where you're closer to the end than your beginning, you always want to end a chapter in your life on your own terms, in your own voice. I learned that life can be OK without tennis. It was empowering.feedback

Craig Reedie - World Anti-Doping Agency

As was quite clear before Rio, the World Anti-doping Agency does not have the power to ban Russia. That's not my call. Don't let anybody believe that it is my call. My guess – and it is an informed guess – is that there will be a very, very intense pre-Games testing programme before Pyeongchang. And the IOC, I'm sure, will be hugely supportive of that and that will allow them to make a reasoned decision. The task force is currently monitoring improvements in Russia but I think it would be difficult for IAAF to remove the suspension of Russian Athletics while Rusada is non-compliant.feedback

Maria Sharapova

Although I'm at a stage or age in my career where you're closer to the end than your beginning, you always want to end a chapter in your life on your own terms, in your own voice. That's why I fought so hard for the truth to be out. When you love what you do, and do it with passion and integrity and you work hard, and you work on court number 28 when no one is watching … then you know what you stand for and you know who you are. I've got my day job back. It's great. I've been training quite hard for the past four months … Will it be difficult? Absolutely.feedback

Maria Sharapova

When you love what you do, and you do it with passion and integrity and you work hard and have a team around you, and you're the driving force, you know what you stand for and who you are. I've got my day job back. It's great. I've been training quite hard for the past four months.feedback

Bradley Wiggins

You can overanalyse things but at the end of the day it's about your ability and whether you're a better athlete than the other person or not. Whether you've come to grips with this other person living inside you, it's all a bit… well, each to his own. That may work with some people, but as Roy Keane would say: it's utter nonsense. It's been horrible. But fortunately there's an investigation and I obviously can't say too much because that investigation will run its course and then I'll have my say. There's a lot to say, and it's going to shock a few people.feedback

Marvin Anderson

Ms. Spencer categorically refutes any assertion that she has refused or evaded a drug test. This allegation is simply false, as Ms. Spencer has always made herself available to be tested by JADCO.feedback

Klaus Lieb

We primarily thought that it is not possible to enhance high cognitive tasks and were astonished to find such results.feedback

Roger Legeay

Becoming part of the Mouvement pour un Cyclisme Crédible would be good, obviously. We want all teams to join the MPCC. Our rules are very strict but that is a price you pay for having a good image. There are no polemics, we are a voluntary organisation, so teams are free to join or not. It's their choice but I'm certain it's best for image and credibility.feedback

Roger Legeay

Suspicion is the problem and there is no such issue if you join the MPCC. If you do tests internally, that's fine, but no one can see what you are doing. As a member of the MPCC it's all transparent.feedback

Roger Legeay

If he had been tested twice by us during the Tour de France, that would give his results more credibility. And I would like British Cycling to join us. I hope they do so, in order to show the journalists and public that they want to do more. I don't want to judge anyone nor accuse anyone, but what I will say is we have brought in strict rules on tramadol and corticosteroids. Today, the suspicion in England is centred around those two substances. The two topics on the table in England are the ones we deal with.feedback

Travis Tygart

It is the fox guarding the hen house. Clearly not. No question about it.feedback

Richard McLaren

What is happening now is trying to turn the mandate into something it never was.feedback

Larry Probst

We shared with him a one-page policy statement regarding the reforms and as result of the conversations we had made some modifications to that and wanted to make sure we got position paper out before the WADA reform meeting this Saturday in Lausanne.feedback

Larry Probst

We heard from (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart) about a lot of the details of the (Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations) declaration. He shared his views with us on the reasons for the positions they were taking.feedback

Dave Brailsford

I've got no gripe with the media. The media are doing a job, like the UK Anti-Doping is doing a job. When you think about it, if there's any issue at any time, you've got to establish the facts. Once you've got the facts, then you can establish whether there was any wrongdoing.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

It's not happening at the speed I would have liked to see but it is happening. We are working with them to see if things can be put into place and a credible system be reinstated in Russia in the coming months.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

We will see where they are when we get closer to the Games. They still have a number of months to do the right thing. The ball is in their camp, they know what they have to do.feedback

Andy Murray

If someone's coming back from a drugs ban, whether they were intentionally cheating, whether it was for recreational drugs, whether it was for performance-enhancing drugs, it's difficult. You'd have to have rules for so many different things. So I think it's tough.feedback

Bernard Giudicelli

I think she's a great champion, and she has been through some difficult moments, and we are going to think it over. It's not an easy decision. It's an important decision for the future of our tournament and also for a matter as sensitive as the fight against doping.feedback

Vladimir Uiba

Caffeine, is currently on WADA's waiting list of prohibited substances. If it eventually makes its way into the list of the prohibited substances, we will be forced to recommend everyone against drinking coffee as well as soft drinks containing caffeine. Theoretically, it can happen this year.feedback

Maggie Durand

Generally speaking, WADA is extremely careful that normal food consumption does not interfere with anti-doping tests. Hence the thresholds or reporting values established for some prohibited substances naturally present in foodstuff.feedback

Nicole Sapstead

If they were to introduce an outright ban then great. Our view is that they [corticosteroids] aren't always being administered in a way that's reflective of an individual's actual medical needs and that can't be right when somebody doesn't actually have a medical problem that warrants that use because it then has some addition effects that they can benefit from.feedback

Bradley Wiggins

We are now at a stage where we needed to have a number of discussions about how we deal with that. In my view, I agree the system as it is now is not good. In fact, only those who are being honest about what they have been doing get caught. Otherwise, you always say, It was a cream', and you get away with it.feedback

Nicole Sapstead

It's inevitable that when you have a big situation, a crisis, within a sport that anti-doping organisations do have to sit up and say 'Are we doing everything we can?feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

They also have access to quite a lot of documents that anti-doping organisations cannot have. In the Lance Armstrong case, Usada had tons of testimony from the team-mates but nothing concrete. And we managed to get the Italian police to share the information they had on Ferrari, including a search they'd done in the Swiss banks, where they had money transferred from Armstrong's account to Dr Ferrari.feedback

Matthew Centrowitz

I'm not aware of any request. But as I've said many times, I'm happy to be tested any time, anywhere and have any of my samples tested or retested now or at any time in the future, by any official body.feedback

Nicole Sapstead

Each time a sample is reanalysed or sent to another location, the amount contained within a sample can be reduced or has the potential to degrade which limits the possibility to test again in the future. Decisions as to testing and analysis therefore require careful consideration, and national anti-doping organisations can quite legitimately disagree in this regard. This only serves to fuel rumour and innuendo and has the potential to undermine the principle of confidentiality which is crucial to robust and thorough anti-doping investigations.feedback

Mo Farah

I'm not aware of any request. But as I've said many times, I'm happy to be tested anytime, anywhere and have any of my samples tested or retested now or at any time in the future, by any official body.feedback

Nicole Sapstead

If any individual or organisation possesses any pertinent information related to anti-doping allegations they are encouraged to make that known to UK Anti-Doping.feedback

Nicole Sapstead

Each time a sample is reanalysed or sent to another location, the amount contained within a sample can be reduced or has the potential to degrade which limits the possibility to test again in the future. Decisions as to testing and analysis therefore require careful consideration, and national anti-doping organisations can quite legitimately disagree in this regard. We do not comment on our testing strategy or ongoing investigations, as has been made clear in recent investigations. Status is no barrier to thorough testing or potential investigations. Ukad treats all athletes in the same way.feedback

Michael Phelps

I don't believe that I've stood up at international competitions and the rest of the field has been clean. I don't believe that. I don't think I've ever felt that. I know that when I do stand up in the U.S., I know we're all clean because we're going through the same thing. Internationally I think there has to be something done, and it has to be done now.feedback

Craig Reedie - World Anti-Doping Agency

WADA is encouraged by this sign of progress from the highest political levels in Russia. Since November 2015, the Agency, UK Anti-Doping and others have been working hard in supporting Russia's efforts to rebuild a credible anti-doping system. This public admission by Russian President Vladimir Putin that their anti-doping system has failed is an important step in the right direction.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

Effectively, RUSADA must demonstrate that its processes are truly autonomous, independent from outside interference and properly resourced for the task of protecting clean athletes both in Russia and abroad.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

Only once RUSADA, and its governing structures, has successfully demonstrated that it can achieve such independence, will Russian sport be able to redeem itself in the eyes of clean athletes and other stakeholders worldwide.feedback

Jean-Michel Serra

It's quite astounding – one wonders if they are not sick. Taking drugs when you are not sick is clearly entering into the foundations of doping.feedback

Nicole Sapstead

At some point during the Dauphine race a request was made by Dr Freeman for a package to be delivered to him. He requested Shane Sutton to arrange for that package to be delivered to him over in France and Shane Sutton then got in contact with Simon Cope to pick up that package and bring it over to France.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We need to listen to WADA's demands. Because we must admit that we do have proven cases of athletes doping. It's absolutely unacceptable and it means that the doping control system that was in place didn't work. And this is our fault.feedback

Nicole Sapstead

There was a Team Sky policy of doctors keeping records. And other doctors did. But there were zero records from Freeman at this race.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Of course, and naturally enough, there is this issue of claims regarding scratches of some kind on some of the test samples. We do not understand what kind of evidence can we talk about because when we provided the test samples there were no complaints. If there was a problem with scratches of whatever kind, this should have been noted in the relevant reports, but there was nothing of this sort. In other words, these samples were stored somewhere, and we cannot be held responsible for the storage conditions.feedback

Vladimir Putin

The most important thing is that we pay attention to the independent (McLaren) commission's activities despite its drawbacks, because we need to admit that some cases of doping have really been detected while doping is completely unacceptable. This means that the current Russian anti-doping system has failed, and this is our fault. It seems, either the translation was not quite correct or there is not enough evidence.feedback

Mo Farah

If USADA or any other anti-doping body has evidence of wrongdoing they should publish it and take action rather than allow the media to be judge and jury.feedback

Ryan Madden

USADA can confirm that it has prepared a report in response to a subpoena from a state medical licensing body regarding care given by a physician to athletes associated with the Nike Oregon Project. It appears that a draft of this report was leaked to the Sunday Times by the Russian state-affiliated hacker group known as Fancy Bears. We understand that the licensing body is still deciding its case and as we continue to investigate whether anti-doping rules were broken, no further comment will be made at this time.feedback

Sebastian Coe - International Association of Athletics Federations

The application process to compete internationally as neutral athletes is about our desire to support the hopes and aspirations of all clean athletes including Russian athletes who have been failed by their national system. While prioritizing applications based upon the entry deadlines of the competitions concerned, the primary responsibility of the Doping Review Board must always be to safeguard the integrity of competition.feedback

Dawn Harper-Nelson

Recently, I was rushed to the emergency room where I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. As a result my physician prescribed a non-performance enhancing medication for high blood pressure that contained hydrochlorothiazide, water pill. I never hid my use of this required medication, but did fail to fully understand how its administration was governed by current doping protocols. I take full responsibility of my mistake and have fully cooperated with IAAF and USADA in the handling of the matter.feedback

Dawn Harper-Nelson

I take full responsibility of my mistake and have fully cooperated with IAAF and USADA in the handling of the matter. I have learned a valuable lesson and hope my mistake will serve as a reminder to all athletes to be diligent in thoroughly checking any and all prescribed medications.feedback

Vitaly Mutko

There were many abuses and breaches. Athletes broke the rules and many coaches don't understand how to work without doping and it's high time for them to retire. But over the last year, colossal work has been done.feedback

Andrei Silnov

There are no facts there, just assertions, and we're gradually proving that it's not a state structure, a system, that kind of thing. The criteria we have, we fulfill. We fulfill them and there's a new set. The process goes on and on. They're Russians regardless. There's no other way out of this (situation).feedback

Sebastian Coe - International Association of Athletics Federations

The purpose of this note is of course to advise you that I have now been made aware of the allegations. I wish to confirm that to the best of my recollection I was not aware prior to December 2014 of the allegations that Papa Massata Diack/others associated with the IAAF were involved in covering up Russian doping. This is even though I accept that in August 2014 David Bedford emailed me documents containing allegations along those lines.feedback

Sebastian Coe - International Association of Athletics Federations

I trust this clarifies the matter to the satisfaction of the committee and as such there are no grounds for suggesting I misled the committee in any way.feedback

Yulia Stepanova

When I was running in Russia, everyone was saying it was impossible to do without doping. I want to prove that wrong.feedback

Markus Guenthardt

I'm really happy for Maria that she's back after a long break. Particularly pleasing for me is that it's going to be our audience that gets to watch her comeback live. (It)...is certain to be one of the sporting and emotional highlights of our anniversary tournament.feedback

Travis Tygart

We certainly haven't seen it, and by all public statements they can't even admit that they admitted there was institutional doping happening in their country. We hear the talk and the talk is not very satisfying, but we have certainly seen no action. It is easy to forget and allow time to pass and no change happens. This group [NADOs] is committed, as we hear from clean athletes on a daily basis, not to let that happen.feedback

Travis Tygart

We have sent a loud message to clean athletes that we are behind them and we are going to stand with them to make sure their rights are protected and get justice for those who were individually robbed.feedback

Joseph de Pencier

The second part of the McLaren report included an appalling set of evidence exposing a systematic problem (in Russia) that hasn't been fully addressed. There needs to be a sweeping package of reform and until we have some centralised anti-doping back in Russia we can't be confident. The road map is pretty clear but at the moment there is still denial, there has been no contrition.feedback

Travis Tygart

We need accountability from the Russian state that perpetuated this fraud and, most importantly, we need reforms to ensure this can never happen again.feedback

David Bedford

I don't think it matters if I believe him or not. I was surprised that he said that and that goes some way to answering that question.feedback

Dan Collins

David Bedford gave very measured evidence but it raised clear and important questions over the timing and extent of Lord Coe's knowledge of these allegations, and what action he took about them, especially in light of the evidence he gave to us in December 2015.feedback

Gerard Mistler

He never pushed his limits, goes to bed at 9 p.m. and wakes up at 6 a.m., there's no other secret. If he had been doping, he would not be there anymore.feedback

Doug Martin

I was notified last week of a four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy. My initial instinct was to appeal the suspension and finish the season with my teammates. However, after numerous discussions with people close to me -- including Coach Koetter -- I am starting the suspension immediately so I can enter a treatment facility and receive the help I truly need.feedback

Jason Licht

Doug has been a valued member of our organization for the past five seasons and we respect and support his decision to seek help. Right now, he is working through issues that are much larger than the game of football. Our primary concern is that he takes this time to focus on getting the help that he needs in order to move forward with his personal and professional life.feedback

Vitaly Smirnov - International Olympic Committee

We have to find those reasons why young sportsmen are taking doping, why they agree to be doped. Russia never had the opportunities that were given to other countries. The general feeling in Russia is that we didn't have a chance.feedback

Vladimir Putin

State-sponsored doping system has never been created in Russia, it is simply not possible, and we will do everything we can to make sure such state-sponsored system of doping support never exists. That's first, and I want to say it once again. And the second – as in any other country, we have this problem and we have to admit it. But by admitting it we must do all we can to prevent use of doping.feedback

Yelena Isinbayeva

He did not take into consideration who I am, my history, the absence of doubts (on my performances)... Sebastian Coe has had no respect for me and it hurt me. Yes, Russia is poisoned by doping... but to focus the investigations on one country is a political act. I hope that Mr McLaren's investigation will be extended worldwide.feedback

Craig Reedie - World Anti-Doping Agency

We now have detailed information which will allow us to take serious decisions, so let's take them. If you look at the statements made by the IOC, it seems to be pretty likely they will take the appropriate decisions.feedback

Craig Reedie - World Anti-Doping Agency

The report has proved without a shadow of a doubt there was organized manipulation of the doping process in Russia. Now the challenge is for Russia, first of all to admit that the report is worthy, and second to make sure they change their process so this does not happen again.feedback

Vitaly Smirnov - International Olympic Committee

Since the time that is under discussion, Russia has changed greatly and made serious steps toward creating the most effective system in the world for fighting the evil of doping.feedback

Richard McLaren

Over 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and Paralympic sport can be identified as being involved in or benefiting from manipulations to conceal positive doping tests.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

Today's Report represents the conclusion of the McLaren Investigation; and, yet again, more deeply troubling facts have emerged. While some progress has been made with RUSADA's efforts to regain compliance with the Code, there remain a number of challenges that must be addressed before that can happen.feedback

Richard McLaren

It is impossible to know just how deep and how far back this conspiracy goes. For years, international sports competitions have unknowingly been hijacked by Russians. Coaches and athletes have been playing on an uneven field. Sports fans and spectators have been deceived. It's time that this stops.feedback

Richard McLaren

The Russian Olympic team corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale, the extent of which will probably never be fully established. This corruption involved the ongoing use of prohibited substances, washout testing and false reporting. The ministry of sport was working to discipline athletes in advance of the London Games into taking the cocktail of steroids ... in order to beat the detection thresholds at the London lab.feedback

Travis Tygart

There is some discussion about not participating in competitions. That conversation is obviously a last resort but what's clear is that the athletes' voices aren't being heard by the power groups. They (athletes) are absolutely watching. They are not going to stand for lack of action. Where that will ultimately lead them is up to them but their voice has to be heard and that is why you have seen them come together like never before.feedback

Travis Tygart

On one hand it has been challenging but on the other holding a state supported system accountable is exactly what clean athletes expect. This presented an opportunity for change to happen that will continue to advance the rights of clean athletes.feedback

Travis Tygart

Whether it is the athletes or the fans people aren't going to stick around to participate in a rigged competition.feedback

Travis Tygart

IOC leadership could solve this problem today. Number one, they remove themselves from the governance of WADA and allow WADA to be a true independent global regulator.feedback

Travis Tygart

They could easily set aside $500 million out of that fund to support anti-doping efforts by an independent global regulator.feedback

Travis Tygart

From a brand value standpoint having clean sport is valuable so this is an investment in their property.feedback

James Nyiha

My client should not have been charged in the first place. The state did not have an iota of evidence against my client.feedback

Bruno Genevois

The State and the world of sports are faced with a choice, as Paris is bidding to host the 2024 Olympic Games.feedback

Haile Gebrselassie

One thing I want to say is that when you decide this kind of decision you have to be careful, there is also innocent athletes at the Russian athletics. And we have to find out, there are many calls (meaning to find all the innocent people). And of course the athlete that takes doping, I agree to punish that athlete not the mass. This kind of decision is a little bit hard for athletes who are sweating day and night.feedback

Alexander Zhukov

How is WADA planning to solve this when, even right now, they say that the UK Anti-Doping Agency, which is entrusted with all the powers, can hardly manage to analyse 6000 samples, let alone a larger quantity which is required for us?feedback

Alexander Zhukov

It is pure nonsense when athletes with serious, at times even chronic, illnesses become Olympic champions and medallists by taking substances which are prohibited for other athletes.feedback

Alexander Zhukov

There is no state-supported doping programme in sport in Russia and it has never existed.feedback

Richard Budgett

The IO report shows that it was a successful Olympic Games with a successful anti-doping program. The integrity of the program was ensured despite some challenges the organizing committee had to overcome. I would like to thank all the involved experts, staff and volunteers.feedback

Mário Andrada

We should have been more efficient in protecting the access to the doping control areas in some venue. Most of the content of the report, however, has to do with hardware and operational issues of the lab, which are a responsibility of the federal government and the sports ministry.feedback

John Hoberman

It is virtually impossible to compare the doping policy of the Russian state with doping practices in Western countries.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

It has happened in one country. I think it would be naive to think it's the only country. We have to have our eyes really open and also make sure we act on intelligence and information we might get.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

It was slightly surprising that at that level she wouldn't get warned properly by her entourage.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

It's still sufficiently far away to hope that things will have changed and improved in Russia. It's very important that we be able to work with the Russians to try to set up a system that is called compliant and that will provide some safeguards so that everybody regains confidence in what is going on there.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

Makes it a lot more complicated for a chemist to get an edge. You would see variations which would be totally abnormal there and would trigger some reaction.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

I don't think it's meaningful. I think every human being has a right of being treated for medical conditions.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

Whistle-blower is another obviously important thing. Even if we have an investigation department, we're not the police, we're not law enforcement. We have no legal means of compelling people to talk to us. It's only if people want to bring us information that I will get it.feedback

Thomas Bach - International Olympic Committee

I do not see this as a solution because I think it is the obligation and the duty of the sport organizations to fight against doping and to protect the clean athletes.feedback

Gian Franco Kaspar

The summit is not to punish WADA. For the anti-doping, WADA is an excellent organization.feedback

Joseph de Pencier

Equally disappointing, in the eyes of many the IOC chose to associate itself with such a system by failing to reject it categorically.feedback

Steve Simon

Maria is absolutely one of the stars of the game, so she's missed when she's not available to play. We're very much looking forward to seeing her come back to the court next spring.'.feedback

Steve Simon

I would be very surprised if there are too many tournaments that wouldn't extend her that opportunity. I think she'll be able to work her way back onto the tour.feedback

Steve Simon

The TADP (tennis anti-doping programme) has a comprehensive and fair process in place and we support the final result. We are pleased that the process is now at completion and we can look forward to seeing Maria back on court in 2017.feedback

Peter Fricker

We at Rowing Australia back the two rowers named as absolutely clean and having abided by ASADA's rules. A TUE is granted for therapeutic purposes only and not for performance enhancement.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Lots of questions arise. Healthy athletes legally take medications outlawed for others, while people, who obviously suffer from grave illnesses and disabilities, are barred from participation in the Paralympic Games on sheer suspicion.feedback

Richard McLaren

Releasing the information without that explanation is simply a smear against athletes because they are entitled to, if they follow the rules, have a TUE and use a prohibited substance because it's necessary for whatever the medical condition is.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

WADA has no doubt that these ongoing attacks are being carried out in retaliation against the Agency, and the global anti-doping system, because of our independent Pound and McLaren investigations that exposed state-sponsored doping in Russia. We condemn this criminal activity and have asked the Russian Government to do everything in their power to make it stop.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

To those athletes that have been impacted, we regret that criminals have attempted to smear your reputations in this way; and, assure you that we are receiving intelligence and advice from the highest level law enforcement and IT security agencies that we are putting into action.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

We condemn this criminal activity and have asked the Russian Government to do everything in their power to make it stop. Continued cyberattacks emanating from Russia seriously undermine the work that is being carried out to rebuild a compliant anti-doping programme in Russia.feedback

Lilla Rozgonyi

It does not have to be ratified, the bans are automatic. As soon as a country has three cases closed by the IOC they will be banned. It could be tomorrow, it could take a month but it is automatic.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

These criminal acts are greatly compromising the effort by the global anti- doping community to re-establish trust in Russia further to the outcomes of the Agency's independent McLaren Investigation Report.feedback

Olivier Niggli - World Anti-Doping Agency

WADA deeply regrets this situation and is very conscious of the threat that it represents to athletes whose confidential information has been divulged through this criminal act. WADA condemns these ongoing cyber-attacks that are being carried out in an attempt to undermine WADA and the global anti-doping system.feedback