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Published: Tue, October 11, 2016
Medical | By Garry George

Olympics Leadership Agrees To Cede More Anti-Doping Control To WADA


He said that national Olympic committees could divert the money they now spend on anti-doping to WADA and provide it with personnel, but he did not think that the bill could be passed on to sponsors and broadcasters.

Organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Olympic Summit recommended better governance structures and better funding for WADA.

Furthermore the International Olympic Committee revealed it is ready to contribute added financial support to WADA, though this is dependent on on the proposed reforms being implemented and the results the organisation provides after a system-wide review.

The IOC rejected WADA's recommendation — which followed a report by investigator Richard McLaren that detailed systematic doping and cover-ups — and let global sports federations decide which individual Russian athletes could compete in Rio.

Reedie tells reporters a new testing authority could operate at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

"Today's Summit was one more stop on our road to strengthening WADA and the global anti-doping system", he continued.

The 62-year-old German suggested that some of this money would simply be transferred from the pots of money each worldwide federation is spending on its own anti-doping operation, and reiterated that whatever sport puts in, governments will be expected to match.

The umbrella organisation representing national anti-doping agencies (INADO) has complained about "troubling omissions" in the IOC's latest proposal to catch and sanction cheating athletes.

Reedie has complained that WADA's annual budget of around $30 million, funded partly by national governments and partly by the IOC, is not enough and IOC President Thomas Bach agreed that it would now need an increase.

"WADA welcomes all constructive proposals aimed at reinforcing clean sport", said Sir Craig Reedie, the agency's president.

International Olympic Committee leaders had accused WADA of failing to act quickly enough on evidence that Russian Federation was running a government-supported cheating programme in some 30 sports over several years. "We have been given powers on compliance". That is in our hands and we will do that. "I can assure you they will be used properly and well".

"You have to give a fair hearing to everybody", Bach added. "You have to make the difference between the prosecutor and the judge in order to have a legally sustainable and judicial procedure".

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

In the wake of the Fancy Bears hack - which revealed details of athletes' therapeutic use exemptions for banned substances - Wada have also been asked to "significantly improve its information security standards". If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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