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Pound blasts WADA critics for acting like a lynch mob

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The numerous critics attacking the (WADA) over Russia's failure to meet a deadline to hand over data from its drug-tainted are acting like a "lynch mob", said former

The 76-year-old Canadian -- who was WADA's from 1999-2007 and sits on its -- wrote in his blog for influential politics website InsideTheGames that those demanding be overhauled had their own personal agendas.

The end-of-year deadline was set in September, when lifted a ban on the (RUSADA), paving the way for Russian athletes to return to competition across all after a report which uncovered a state-sponsored doping programme in

However, when personnel travelled to in December they were unable to extract all of the promised data.

WADA said at the time its team could not complete its mission "due to an issue raised by the Russian authorities that the team's equipment to be used for the data extraction was required to be certified under Russian law".

WADA's leadership has been strongly criticised by the likes of Travis Tygart, of USADA, and NADO (National Anti-Doping Agencies) over its decision to lift Russia's suspension before obtaining access to the information sought from its

This information was expected to shed light on the extent of Russian cheating spanning several years and including multiple major championships Pound, a former of the who ran unsuccessfully to replace as president in 2001, took aim at the critics with typical bluntness.

"Lynch mobs are just that -- unruly gangs having a single objective, murdering someone without any due process of justice," said Pound.

"Much of the response to Russia's failure to provide access to the former data by the deadline (31 December 2018) imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) in September 2018 has all the elements of a lynch mob.

"Many of those making up the mob know or should know that they are out of line. "What is their real end-game?"

- 'Rule of law' -


Pound, who is a long-standing friend to present under-fire WADA president Craig Reedie, said those demanding be immediately declared non-compliant and the meeting of the (CRC)on January 14-15 be brought forward knew this was impossible.

"This process is well-known to the entire anti-doping community" said Pound.

"It is disturbing to see otherwise responsible and sophisticated organisations urge that the process be completely ignored and incite others to adopt a similar view.

"I come from a country -- -- that has a strong tradition of respect for the rule of law. That tradition is the direct opposite of mob rule."

Pound, a former top-class who competed in the 1960 Olympics, questions the motives of those seeking to destabilise WADA and warns the previous state of "anarchy" which existed before its creation could return.

"Perhaps the real agenda is that those who would destroy WADA do not want a robust and independent agency leading this fight for sporting integrity, unless they can insert themselves into positions of power," said Pound.

"Think about it...

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 19:45 IST