Financial Times – Saturday At Home

Wada president Craig Reedie recalls his shock at discovering how far Moscow officials went to falsify athletes’ samples.

The view from Sir Craig Reedie’s garden is beautifully serene, looking out towards the Campsie Fells and Ben Lomond. The drive to his house passes through the quiet streets of Bridge of Weir, a village so intimate that none of the houses needs numbers, they have only names. His house, Senara, is named after a farm in Northern Ireland where his wife, Rosemary, comes from. Yet just seven minutes earlier I was at Glasgow airport.

The scale of it is enormous. The Moscow laboratory passed every test it had from a Russian athlete to the ministry

Reedie, 75, is the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada). He moved to Bridge of Weir in 1969 and this is his fourth house in the village, having downsized 15 years ago from a much larger house when his son and daughter left home. When I express surprise that this idyllic setting is part of Glasgow Reedie sets me straight. “Glasgow has got a lot of nice, lovely places, too.”

With that he smiles. In fact, the setting would make an ideal Visit Scotland poster. By contrast Rio, where the 2016 Olympic Games will kick off next Friday, is undergoing a public relations crisis. A recent banner at Rio airport read: “Welcome to hell. Police and firefighters don’t get paid. Whoever comes to Rio will not be safe.”

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