Chair of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission Kirsty Coventry, on Saturday backed the lifting of the ban on Russia’s anti-doping agency, RUSADA.
In spite of widespread dismay over the decision of the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, Coventry, newly appointed sports minister in her native Zimbabwe, said the decision would allow for greater transparency.
The World Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to lift the ban has been widely condemned with Coventry among the rare voices of support.
Coventry, who won swimming gold for Zimbabwe at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, said lifting of the ban would allow WADA to get the data necessary to prosecute athletes who take performance-enhancing drugs.
The commission she chairs is designed to be the athletes’ link in the decision-making process of the Olympic body.