COLORADO SPRINGS (USA): USADA CEO Travis Tygart stated: “Obviously, this is the only outcome acceptable to clean athletes and while it is somewhat promising, the real test now is to ensure full justice and accountability for their actions before being allowed to compete again.”
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): USATF President and IAAF Council member Stephanie Hightower stated, “From Council's perspective, in light of the evidence, suspension was the only proper course of action. “The IAAF has an obligation to protect athletes, and this action sends a clear message to clean athletes that protecting them and protecting the sport, with a culture of accountability, is our top priority.
“It is my hope as a Council member that this process also will spur a review of the IAAF governance structure, and that we will act to implement WADA's recommendations of instituting an ombudsman and compliance officer.”
MELBOURNE (AUS): Athletics Australia Chief Executive Officer, Phil Jones welcomed the IAAF’s suspension of Russia. In the statement released by Athletics Australia, they also indicate their interest in bidding for the IAAF World Race Walking Cup, which will not be held in Russia, as scheduled, due to their suspension.
Athletics Australia will make further comment on this matter after the IAAF Council has confirmed the terms of the provisional suspension at their next Council meeting, scheduled to take place at end of this month.