Sport faces 'defining moment' in doping fight – Tygart

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The sporting world faces a “defining moment” in the battle against drugs as it prepares for the release of a new report into accusations of state-run cheating in Russia, the head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has warned.

USADA chief Travis Tygart told AFP in an interview that a year dogged by scandal had presented authorities with a window of opportunity to get tough and reform — or risk a backlash from frustrated clean athletes if they failed to do so.

“On the one hand, it has been a challenging year but on the other hand, being on the brink of holding state-supported doping to account is exactly what needs to happen,” Tygart told AFP.

“It presents a defining moment, but that window is about to close. We have to get sport off of its solidified power position to make the necessary reforms to ensure that we’re never in this situation again.”

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