Some of these substances allegedly included opiates, often prescribed for cancer patients. When asked how come such substances are prescribed to professional athletes, Hahn said that allowing athletes to use the so-called “agility” drugs was absolutely impermissible because they gave them a clear edge over others, especially with long-term use of stimulants.
“I believe that cases like these should be investigated and such practice be banned,” he added.
Mentioning proposals to replace WADA with a new organization, Hahn said that WADA “needs to change its rules” and that replacing it with a new organization would not resolve the problem.
When asked whether the Williams sisters and some other athletes, should be deprived of their earlier-won titles or disqualified, Hahn said that this was not possible.
“I can’t imagine a situation when the Court of Arbitration for Sport changes the existing rules and decides to take away already won titles. We should look forward and make sure that violations like these never go unpunished again,” he emphasized.
The Russian athletes insist that they were not allowed to use drugs, which their American colleagues felt free to take. Moreover, the Russians were banned for using meldonium, while others were allowed to take much stronger substances.
In July, a WADA commission presented a report in which Russia was accused of running a state-sponsored doping program. Russia maintains that the findings were falsified and has urged the West to keep politics out of sports.