Lilly King, Katie Ledecky Speak At Anti-Doping Summit

Katie Ledecky and Lilly King each spoke at a summit at the White House, calling for reform of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

WADA reinstated the Russian Anti-Doping Agency after a three-year ban in September, a ruling that has been seen as controversial and has faced strong opposition.

Ledecky spoke through a video statement. On Twitter, she posted that the Olympics need a “truly independent international anti-doping regulator free of conflicts of interest.”

Lilly King spoke in person. She has been outspoken on the issue, most notably calling out every committee that allowed Russia’s Yulia Efimova back into the sport after failing multiple drug tests.

 

There were a total of 14 athletes to speak a the summit.

WADA called the summit “one-sided” in a statement, first reported by insidethegames. “It certainly seems that the only ones invited are those that are now questioning WADA’s governance because they are not in agreement with the democratic decision that WADA’s Executive Committee took concerning RUSADA’s reinstatement,” the WADA statement said.

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Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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