Discus gold medalist Robert Harting critized the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) for its handling of the Russian doping affair.
“The fact that the IAAF responded very cautious is offensive to all clean athletes. But the behavior of the WADA is even worse. For me, it has failed,” Harting stated in an article for the German news magazine “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung“.
An ARD documentary had meticulously demonstrated that in the Russian sports federation there is extensive manipulation which was covered by the National Anti-Doping Agency, Rusada and at least tolerated by the IAAF.
Numerous testimonies and incriminating documents of systematic doping in the Russian elite sports, especially in athletics, have been delivered.
Also, the WADA was recently under a lot of pressure. The 800-meter runner and doping chief witness Julia Stepanova had already informed the top anti-doping authority in early 2013 in a letter in detail about the events in Russia.
The three-time world champion reports of encounters in training camps with athletes whose physical changes in a short time and their training intensity is due only to the absorption of doping. “You know this is unfair, that’s fraud. It is believed that these athletes manipulate. However, you have to focus on yourself. For we can do nothing. ”
Harting also complained about the unequal treatment of athletes in different countries. “The system is only fair, though countries and organizations are banned, who do not follow the rules,” writes Germany’s Sportsman of the Year further and adds overlooking the strict registration system in Germany: “We accept drastic cuts in the personal privacy. This is even more painful when you know that in other countries such thing does not take place. ”
Fearing a doping attack on his life he considered not to publicly criticise of certain people. “For someone who can cover up positive controls, can also manipulate negative samples. I know I’m clean. An attack is very easy to do. All this is apparently possible and scares me enormously.”
Already in mid-December last year Harting critized the doping system in Russia and doping athletes and their coaches and demanded a tougher punishment.
To solve the imbalance in the global anti-doping fight Harting suggests an international anti-doping fund and an international “control-ring” which would allow a peer review. “Countries that do not participate will be banned,” says Harting.