Reedie said he did not regret sending the email, which was revealed by a British newspaper in August, only the fact that it had been leaked.
"I have dealt with that with my executive committee, and they are quite comfortable with it," Reedie said of the email. "I sent a private email to the Russian ministry after I was made aware by them that they were under the impression that WADA was 'attacking' Russia. This is after meetings with the Russian ministry and the Russian minister when he accepted and knew perfectly well that the commission would do its work."
He added, "The assumption that I was soft on Russia I have categorically denied, and I think you can see from yesterday's report that anybody who believes I am soft on Russia must be marginally off their head."
WADA and others moved quickly Tuesday to enact the report's recommendations. WADA revoked the accreditation of Russia's antidoping lab in Moscow, effective immediately. The move prohibits the lab from testing blood and urine samples, which WADA said will be transferred "securely, promptly and with a demonstrable chain of custody" to another WADA-accredited lab outside Russia.
Hours later, the Russian news agency Tass said that the lab director, Grigory Rodchenkov, had resigned. Monday's report had recommended that he receive a lifetime ban after it accused him of covering up positive doping tests, extorting money from athletes and destroying samples.
The International Olympic Committee also issued a statement Tuesday, calling on track and field's governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, to begin disciplinary proceedings against the athletes and coaches named in the WADA report and, if necessary, strip them of their Olympic results and medals.
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Reedie, 74, meanwhile, defended WADA for not doing more in the wake of a meeting between one of its officials and the Russian whistle-blower Vitaly Stepanov in 2013. Stepanov is a former employee of the Russian antidoping agency and the husband of the middle-distance runner Yulia Stepanova, whose revelations formed the basis of the ARD documentary.
Stepanov had approached WADA in 2013 with information about doping in Russian athletics and was interviewed by a representative of the agency. When he began to doubt WADA's appetite for action, he instead turned to the German journalist Hajo Seppelt, whose reporting formed the basis of the ARD documentary.
Reedie, who was appointed WADA president in November 2013, said he did not know of the contact between the antidoping body's staff member and Stepanov when he took up the post.
"The original contact, which appears to have happened, I wasn't aware of that," Reedie said. "Yes, if somebody spoke to them and that's a matter of record, then so be it. You have to understand WADA people speak to all sorts of people in the antidoping community all around the world, all the time. It's a constant dialogue."
He said he was not concerned that, as president, he had not been made aware of the contact with a whistle-blower.