Published: Mon, October 10, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

International Olympic Committee backs new drug testing body

International Olympic Committee backs new drug testing body

Reedie said he believed WADA would have the power to sanction federations and national anti-doping bodies.

"There is nothing explicit about state-sponsored doping in Russia, or about the moral responsibility of the International Olympic Committee to push Russian sport and sport leaders to necessary cultural change in that country for genuinely protecting clean sport", said iNADO. Take our online survey.

A closed-doors meeting chaired by IOC President Thomas Bach was discussing Saturday the role of the World Anti-Doping Agency, which angered many Olympic officials by calling for Russian Federation to be banned from the Rio de Janeiro Games.

The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations said Thursday the IOC "lost the anti-doping battle" before the Rio Games, declaring: "The IOC failed the clean athletes of the world".

The IOC is also promising more money for WADA, saying that a financial boost would come from "the Olympic Movement" as well as from governments.

WADA, established in 1999, is 50 percent funded by the IOC.

Nobody would disagree that anti-doping efforts need to be more consistent, joined-up and better value-for-money, and everybody recognises that Reedie's position this summer was weakened by him also being an International Olympic Committee vice-president.

WADA now has an annual budget of around $30 million which is covered 50-50 by contributions from national governments and the Olympic movement.

A call for WADA to "maintain and enhance its regulatory role with strengthened governance, more clarity in anti-doping organisation roles and responsibilities, and more standardised testing among IFs to produce better anti-doping equality for athletes around the world", was also praised. "It would be a clear conflict of interest for WADA to do so and then regulate its own operations", it said.

Bach, however, said giving WADA "more authority" over national anti-doping agencies could help prevent further cases of non-compliance, citing Russian Federation and Kenya specifically.

However, WADA's possible role in a revamped and more independent system has been questioned since it appointed two investigations that detailed Russian doping and cover-ups. Now it must act to underwrite the future demands of the Wada and to try to make certain that sport is based on ethical standards.

And it was the investigation by the Wada, under the chairmanship of Dick Pound, a former International Olympic Committee vice-president, which found extensive malpractice by Russians and recommended that the country be banned from the Rio Olympics.

Saturday's meeting went ahead despite a final report of the second WADA investigation panel, led by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, not being due until at least late-October.

WADA will get a chance to decide its next step at a meeting of its "foundation board" in Glasgow on November 20, when Reedie said a "roadmap" to a new, improved agency will be drawn up.

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