04/26 04:04 CDT WADA's Scott won't partake in bullying investigation
WADA's Scott won't partake in bullying investigation
By EDDIE PELLS
AP National Writer
Athletes' representative Beckie Scott will not participate in the inquiry over
her bullying allegations against officials at the World Anti-Doping Agency,
insisting WADA's rebooted effort to look into the matter lacks transparency and
is "akin to a kangaroo court."
Attorneys for Scott and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chairman Edwin Moses, who says
he witnessed the bullying, sent a letter to the legal firm WADA hired to sort
through the incident, saying they would not conduct interviews with
Among their complaints are that the law firm WADA hired is representing the
agency on another matter, and that Scott and Moses aren't allowed to question
WADA president Craig Reedie and director general Olivier Niggli.
Scott, an Olympic cross-country skiing champion from Canada, says she was
harassed for not signing onto WADA plans to reinstate Russia's anti-doping
agency from suspension. An initial investigation into her claims found no
bullying, but did not include interviews with Scott. After questions arose
about the thoroughness of WADA's first investigation, the agency arranged
another, though Moses and Scott say it still lacks transparency.
"Having orchestrated the whitewash, WADA should have bent over backwards to do
the right thing this time around," said the letter sent to WADA.
But WADA did not agree to any of the conditions Scott and Moses set to be
The report on the bullying allegation is expected next month, and could
coincide with the WADA Foundation Board meeting where a new president is
expected to be chosen.
The last meeting, in November, was dominated by news of the bullying case and
came before Russia had allowed WADA access to the data.
WADA's decision to reinstate Russia before it had received the data was at the
crux of Scott's disagreement. She resigned her spot on the compliance review
committee after that committee recommended WADA take that action, but she
remains at WADA as chair of the athlete's commission.
Russia missed the Dec. 31, 2018, deadline to turn over the data, but WADA did
gain access to the data three weeks later and is reporting progress in sorting
through the trove of information. The data could be used to corroborate doping
positives that were uncovered in an investigation into a widespread doping
conspiracy in the country designed to help Russians at the 2014 Sochi Olympics
and other key events.
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