EXCLUSIVE: athletes’ figurehead Beckie Scott tells me she was subject to “inappropriate, disrespectful, belittling” comments & BULLIED by some members of WADA’s Executive Cttee over her opposition to Russian reinstatement.
Her explosive 1st interview since resigning coming up.. pic.twitter.com/Ib4oWaPdcF
— Dan Roan (@danroan) October 12, 2018
Canadian Olympic gold medallist and former member of WADA’s compliance review committee Beckie Scott is addressing what she calls, “inappropriate, disrespectful, and belittling” comments from members of WADA’s executive committee.
Scott remains chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s athlete committee and told the BBC on Friday that members at the organization’s senior level tried to bully her after she criticized the decision to reinstate the RUSADA.
Scott resigned from the compliance review committee last month when the panel voted in favour of reinstating the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA). The vote was nine to two in favour of reinstatement, with one abstention and ended Russia’s three-year ban from international competition for suspected state-sponsored doping.
This is extraordinary. What the universally respected @BeckieScott4 describes here is an almost total disconnect between WADA and athletes' groups. If this isn't a crisis for WADA, it'll do 'til the crisis gets here. https://t.co/X2B2bCdwEw
— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) October 12, 2018
Many athletes have spoken out since the reinstatement and continue to. Scott articulates that in part one of her interview with Dan Roan of the BBC, “I think that there has been an incredible loss of confidence and faith in the organization as a result of this.” But Scott continues to say that athletes have expressed their frustration with this decision on a level she has never seen before. “We’re seeing an unprecedented level of outcry.”
Athletes like American distance runner Kara Goucher have retweeted Scott’s interview from today.