"It is necessary to learn the lesson from what happened. Firstly, for Russia but for the entire international sport. And also for WADA which suddenly took a role of a prosecutor having made many mistakes itself," Hoermann told DPA news agency.
In May, US media reported, citing former director of the Russia-based anti-doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, that dozens of Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, including at least 15 medal winners, were using doping throughout the Games. Rodchenkov’s claims prompted WADA to open an investigation into the matter.
On July 24, the IOC announced its decision to ban all Russian athletes with a record of doping violations from participating in 2016 Rio Olympic Games, while leaving it to the respective international federations to decide whether individual Russian athletes should be allowed to compete at the games.