Olympic legend Michael Phelps called for new leadership in the fight against drugs in a sport on Friday after the World AntiDoping Agency controversially reinstated Russia’s tainted anti-dugs body.
The American swimming great said it was “sad” that Wada had lifted its three-year ban on Russia’s Rusada, which paves the way for Russian athletes to return to competition.
“When is an organization going to fully take responsibility and take charge to change? Because that’s not what sports is,” Phelps told journalists at the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum.
“Sports aren’t about putting performance-enhancing drugs in your body and standing up and performing,” he added.
Wada suspended Rusada in November 2015 following revelations of a vast scheme to avoid drug testers, culminating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
But the suspension was lifted after Wada’s AntiDoping Code, subject to conditions such as access to laboratory data and samples.
“It’s sad to see this,” said Phelps, who won a record 23 Olympic gold medals in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.
“I’ve complained about it, I’ve testified about it. And still, nothing changes. so I guess that then leads us here and where do we go next? What else can be done?
“Somebody has to take charge and if WADA’s really not going do anything about it then somebody else has to,” he added furtheer.
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