Willis continued: “Russian athletes are not the sole perpetrators. Let’s hope they investigate all the major players non-complicit in doping control” – a tweet that was retweeted by several professional runners, including Molly Huddle, who holds the American record in the 5,000-meters.
What a complete joke our sport is. Even if athletes slip up and test positive, they can still pay a bribe to the top and compete— Nick Willis (@nickwillis) November 6, 2015
It's hard enough for WADA and doping agencies to catch cheats, and even those caught can still get away with it. Makes me sick— Nick Willis (@nickwillis) November 6, 2015
Spent the final hour of my 18 mile long run boiling up about the doping problem in our sport. I cry for the kids coming through.— Nick Willis (@nickwillis) November 8, 2015
The original claims were that 1/3 of the medalists in distance events were doping. I would venture to say it's double that— Nick Willis (@nickwillis) November 9, 2015
Russian athletes are not the sole perpetrators. Let's hope they investigate all the major players non-complicit in doping control— Nick Willis (@nickwillis) November 9, 2015
IAAF, the future of our sport hinges on your response to this. Let's blow it up, and start again from scratch.— Nick Willis (@nickwillis) November 9, 2015
Other prominent figures in the sport, like former chief executive of New York Road Runners Mary Wittenberg, have called on International Association of Athletics Federations President Sebastian Coe, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, to step up and said that the latest controversy provides a “big opportunity/need for leadership.”
Steve Magness, a former Nike Oregon Project coach who has made doping allegations against his former employer Alberto Salazar, said that the “IAAF has lost any semblance of trust” and that “athletes must take a stand and be responsible for their sport.”
Today's an opportunity to actually make change. I hope that Russia isn't seen as the only problem.Doping and corruption extends far beyond.— Steve Magness (@stevemagness) November 9, 2015
If anything's clear from today, it's that athletes must take a stand and be responsible for their sport. Can't sit back & rely on leadership— Steve Magness (@stevemagness) November 9, 2015
For athletes-Best thing you can do is say no to Sponsors,coaches & agents who have ANY affiliation with shady practices.Don't fall for the $— Steve Magness (@stevemagness) November 9, 2015
Several runners, like Willis, also expressed that Russian athletes are not the only culprits, but hope that the report is a step in the right direction for a sport that has been constantly tainted by doping controversies.
British Olympian Dai Greene tweeted his hopes for the sport.
Hopefully this is another step in the right direction on the long road to a drug free sport and a level playing field for honest athletes— Dai Greene (@DaiGreene) November 9, 2015
Lincoln Shryack of the running Web site FloTrack wrote in a column Monday that the “investigation may ultimately alter much of what I thought I knew about our sport” and that “the fact is, when most people think about track, they think about doping.”
The potential bans brought on by the report could also have a ripple effect on runners who’ve just missed out on reaching the podium at races. American middle distance runner Alysia Montaño tweeted that she could possibly receive three new medals and upgrade another.
“This is a big, big scandal,” Montaño told the Post’s Adam Kilgore on Monday. “Many people will be affected by it. Specifically, me.”
“There’s so much lost,” she added. “Not just emotionally, but financially. There’s so much lost. You can’t get that back. It leaves you very, very sad at just these inhumane acts, unethical acts of people. You can’t wrap your head around why or how people could feel good about their efforts, knowing that they did it dishonestly.”
Medals I could be upgraded to: 2010 Silver— Alysia Montaño (@AlysiaMontano) November 9, 2015
2012 Olympic Bronze