OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/17/16 -- The decision by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to exclude Russia's athletics team from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has sent a strong message to athletes who are committed to clean sport and competition.
I support the IAAF decision and the independent IAAF Taskforce recommendations. I remain deeply committed to working with our sport partners, both in Canada and around the world to ensure a level playing field for all athletes whenever and wherever they compete. Nonetheless, I recognize that while this decision addresses RusAF collective responsibility towards clean sport - as a retired athlete - there is no question that I empathize with athletes who are dedicated to clean competition and may find themselves affected by this decision.
I am proud of the role Canada is playing in this important discussion. Through our on-going support to WADA and their headquarters in Montreal as well as the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, our Government is firmly committed to the anti-doping movement and efforts to protect the interests of clean athletes.
I also have tremendous confidence in the strong Canadian voices inside WADA that are, every day, working to ensure that our values are at the heart of the organization's efforts.
As a member of the WADA Foundation Board, I will continue to be an active voice in support of efficient and effective anti-doping practices to ensure the integrity of sport.
Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities