Lewis - Unfortunate day in doping fight

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 14:45

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) president Brian Lewis has said the Court of Arbitration for Sport's (CAS) decision to overturn the Olympic life bans of 28 Russian athletes is a setback in the fight against doping.

Speaking to Guardian Media Sports from London, where he is attending a marketing advisory meeting with the Commonwealth Games Federation, the TTOC head appeared to respect the CAS' decision but did feel for clean athletes.

He said, "There were previous decisions where lifetime bans were overturned, but as I said, it's such an unfortunate day in the fight for clean athletes, and clean sport."

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) responded to the decision saying it "may have a serious impact on the future fight against doping". However, Lewis urged his colleagues to move ahead in their fight to protect sports' intergrity.

"What has to happen now is the IOC and all the WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) and all of those involved in the fight for clean sport and clean athletes will have to assimilate the results of the decision and make the necessary changes and adaptations to ensure that whatever loophole is closed," he said.

You can listen to Brian Lewis' entire interview at the top of this page.