WADA chief wants resolution to Operacion Puerto scandal


World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president Craig Reedie is hoping a resolution is near in the Operacion Puerto scandal.

Almost 10 years have passed since Spanish police raided the offices of former cycling doctor Eufemiano Fuentes and found around 200 bags of blood and plasma.

Fuentes' clients included Jan Ullrich, who admitted to doping after his retirement.

Yet in 2013, a court ruled that the blood bags could be destroyed, a decision that prompted appeals from a host of organisations, including WADA.

A long-awaited ruling on the appeals is expected to be announced this month and Reedie believes it is time the damaging saga was brought to a conclusion.

"It's never gone away," Reedie told Omnisport.

"We have appealed the decision to destroy the blood bags that were taken all those years ago. They are stored, we understand, in the Barcelona laboratory.

"I want it resolved. I would have thought that Spanish sport, above all, wants it resolved because there is this question mark out there until a resolution comes along.

"I've no idea what the blood bags represent... which sports. Is it more than cycling or whatever it may be, but it would be much better for all concerned in my view if the judge decides that those blood bags can be handed over to the proper authorities.

"They can be analysed and people can get to the bottom of all this and then we can wash our hands and move on."

Asked what message would be sent out were the blood bags to be destroyed, Reedie added: "I don't think it would be helpful at all.

"The whole message coming out of the independent commission [set up by WADA to investigate a doping scandal in athletics] is that not knowing was the biggest problem.

"I was quite interested to see a report from Spain being pretty creditable on the work of the independent commission as far as Russia was concerned.

"I can only hope that philosophy works through to the judge and it's a legal issue in Spain - that judge has to make up her mind, I think, on the destiny of these blood bags."