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Sunday 23, Oct 2016

  WADA President Calls On Japanese PM To Raise Funding

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Speaking at the World Forum on Sport and Culture in Tokyo, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Sir Craig Reedie has called on governments to increase their funding to the fight against drugs in sport during a robust defense of the anti-doping organization.

Sir Craig Reedie specifically called on Japan for stepping up their contribution after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to support the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) efforts to combat doping. The Briton said after delivering his speech Prime Minister Abe should reinforce the message to increase funding if he has influence with Governments. Reedie also commented the World Anti-Doping Agency operate on a budget of less than $30 million (£24 million/€27 million) a year with the world’s doping problems to solve and he would appreciate Japan taking the initiative.

The WADA President added the IOC matches Government contributions dollar for dollar. Reedie added it would be marvelous if, as a result of the troubles of the last two years and as a result of the splendid Olympic Games in Tokyo, the Government decided that this is an investment that they are prepared to make. WADA is funded 50-50 by Governments and the IOC at present with both sides under pressure to step-up their respective contributions.

Craig, after the problems WADA faced with the anti-doping authorities and laboratories ahead of Rio 2016, said he has confidence that Tokyo would be more successful. Reedie added he is very confident that what will happen here, in the build-up to Tokyo and through Tokyo, is in excellent hands. The WADA chief added the Organizing Committee is fully aware of their responsibilities and the manpower that they will have to deliver to conduct the whole anti-doping program and also said much of that will be run by the Japan Anti-Doping Agency, and they are one of the very best national anti-doping agencies in the world. Reedie also said it is hard in his view to imagine a better place to be four years out than Tokyo.

In the last few months, many IOC members have criticized WADA for not doing enough to combat alleged state-sponsored doping in Russia. Some IOC members even called for the body to play less of a regulatory role and more of a direct testing one.

In its defense, WADA chief defended the response of WADA to the Russian doping crisis. Reedie added WADA commissioned two independent reports, with the second of these, chaired by Richard McLaren of Canada due to be completed towards the end of this month. Sir Craig Reedie also emphasized on the wider progress achieves over the last year, including the advent of the athlete biological passport testing system. Reedie also said WADA has punched well above its weight and added we can be quite proud of what we’ve accomplished on modest means. Reedie also said he (while there is always room for improvement) would ask those that question our contribution to consider what’s been achieved; and, to imagine where sport would be if there was no WADA – no global leader of clean sport.

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Saturday 03, Sep 2016

  Anti-Doping Leaders Demand Overhaul Of WADA

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The leaders of 17 national anti-doping organizations met at a special summit in Copenhagen and have proposed an overhaul of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in a bid to restore trust in international sport.

The proposals were written and endorsed by anti-doping leaders from Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the United States, and the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations (iNADO).

UK Anti-Doping chief executive Nicole Sapstead remarked it is now the time for the entire sporting community to come together to find a way forward and ensure that the right processes, funding, and safeguards are in place to protect everyone’s right to clean, fair, and honest competition.

The group remarked the fight for clean sport is now “at a crossroads” and suggested that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) should become more independent. It was also proposed by the group that executives of WADA should not be allowed to simultaneously hold a policy-making position within another sports organization.

WADA President Sir Craig Reedie has been a vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that led to criticism of a potential conflict of interest.

The group also proposed that investigatory, testing, and results management functions from sports organizations should be separated to prevent the inherent conflict of interest that exists when a sports organization is tasked with both promoting and policing itself. It was also suggested that there should be an increase in capacity for WADA to investigate and impose proportionate sanctions for code non-compliance and the group also proposed a strengthened WADA through increased investment. The list of proposals also included amendment of the WADA code including the adoption of clear sanctions for large-scale subversions of the anti-doping system “with strong deterrent effect”.

The NADO leaders also extended their supports on calls for a public commitment from the International Olympic Committee and Russia to assist in guaranteeing the safety, security, and well-being of whistle-blowers Yuliya Stepanova and her husband Vitaly Stepanov without whom the state-supported system of doping would likely never have been exposed.

In a joint statement, the leaders of the national anti-doping organizations (NADO) said we recognize we are at a crossroads in the fight for clean sport. The statement further reads we with the best interests of clean athletes at heart have come together to discuss reforms that we believe will better protect them, restore confidence in the global anti-doping effort that has been deeply damaged, and ensure that the disturbing events of recent years are not repeated.

This development came at a crucial time in the fierce debate over the future of WADA that is jointly funded by the IOC and governments.

In another development, WADA director general Olivier Niggli has claimed website of the organization has been the subject of daily hacking attempts for almost three weeks, largely from Russia. Niggli, who took over the role of director general from predecessor David Howman earlier this year, said WADA and its informers were also receiving threats.

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Tuesday 02, Aug 2016

  Discord Between IOC And WADA Over Russian Doping Scandal

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The President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach has blamed the World Anti-Doping Agency for mishandling accusations that Russia had executed an elaborate cheating and doping scheme dating back years.

Bach went on to remark that the slow response of WADA had put sports officials in a bind so close to the Summer Olympics. The IOC President also defended decision of the IOC not to ban the entire Russian delegation from the Olympics. Bach remarked the International Olympic Committee was not responsible for the timing of the latest WADA report that came out as late as July 18, just a few weeks before the Rio Olympics. Bach added the IOC is not responsible for the fact that different information which was offered to WADA already a couple of years ago was not followed up and also commented that the IOC is not responsible for the accreditation or supervision of anti-doping laboratories.

In reaction to the comments, World Anti-Doping Agency responded publicly and said it understands that the timing of the McLaren Investigation Report has been destabilizing for a number of organizations as they prepare for the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. In a statement, WADA said it wishes to factually clarify that the agency acted immediately on allegations concerning Russia when it had corroborated evidence and the power to do so under the World Anti-Doping Code.

WADA added in the statement that it quickly initiated its Independent Commission when German-based ARD released their first documentary in December 2014. The World Anti-Doping Agency said the Commission, which was chaired by Richard W. Pound, commenced its investigation in January 2015 when WADA acquired its new powers of investigation under the 2015 Code. Richard W. Pound said the Commission did not uncover concrete evidence to the effect that the Russian state was manipulating the doping control process while our Independent Commission’s Report suggested that doping in Russia was likely not restricted to athletics, and that the Russian secret services (FSB) were present within the Sochi and Moscow laboratories. Pound also remarked the Pound Commission leveraged all information that the whistleblowers had provided; and yet, there was no concrete evidence to support State manipulation.

Craig Reedie, WADA President, said WADA had concrete evidence suggesting Russian state involvement that could be investigated by initiating the McLaren Investigation only when CBS 60 Minutes and the New York Times, on 8 and 12 May 2016 respectively, published the allegations from the former director of the Moscow and Sochi laboratories, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov.

Olivier Niggli, Director General of WADA, said WADA further to the International Olympic Committee’s criteria being outlined on 24 July has facilitated the transfer of relevant information that is available to date, concerning individual athletes, from the McLaren Investigation team to International Federations. Niggli also said it should be noted however that Professor McLaren’s focus thus far was on establishing involvement of the Russian State and not regarding individual athletes that may have benefitted and also commented that WADA will continue supporting anti-doping organizations by providing information as and when it becomes available via McLaren’s ongoing Investigation.

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Tuesday 19, Jan 2016

  Former Russian Athletics Chief Fears Prosecution

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Former Russian athletics chief Valentin Balakhnichev said he fears “real danger” that he could possibly face criminal charges over a bribery and doping scandal for which he denied responsibility.

The IAAF ethics commission recently banned Balakhnichev, who also served as treasurer of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) from 2011 to 2014, for life after it was alleged that he took bribes for covering up doping by Russian athletes.

Balakhnichev said he had done everything he could possibly have done to prevent cheating by Russian track and field athletes. The ex-Russian athletics chief also defended his actions as President of the Russian athletics federation (ARAF) from 1991 to 2015. Balakhnichev went on to comment that he could not have held the athletes by the hand. Presently, Balakhnichev is under investigation from French financial prosecutors who are probing evidence passed on to them by the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency and its chairman Dick Pound.

The former ARAF chief said he could be targeted by an international warrant. Balakhnichev remarked if things are going to keep being this way – with the documents Pound allegedly transmitted to the French authorities – then, of course, there is a real danger that this can be used against him and also remarked he is afraid but he does not see anything that could attract their interest.

Balakhnichev was accused by the World Anti-Doping Agency of having facilitated fraud and corruption within the world governing body of athletics, the IAAF. He however maintains that WADA does not have sufficient evidence to prove any of the graft allegations levied against him. Balakhnichev was among the former IAAF officials who got entangled in a corruption scandal that made Interpol issued a wanted notice for Papa Massata Diack, the son of former IAAF president, Lamine Diack and a ex-marketing consultant for the athletics’ governing body. Papa Massata faces corruption and money laundering charges in France.

Recently, the Russian athletics federation selected Dmitry Shlyakhtin in an attempt to have the ban on its team lifted before the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Shlyakhtin was unanimously elected by senior sports officials to wash away allegations of widespread doping. Shlyakhtin, a former rugby and athletics coach, will head an “anti-crisis team” to implement reform and remarked his task is simple and to return Russian athletics to an international level and restore the trust of the world governing body of athletics and WADA.

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko commented that possible Russian Olympic contenders would be tested by British anti-doping specialists three times a month in the lead-up to the Rio Games. Mutko added there are no problems with us returning because the majority of our athletes are conscientious. The sports minister also commented that our athletes are on international anti-doping registers, and to accuse us of hiding our competitors from testing is baseless.

The IAAF said in a statement that the weakness of IAAF’s governance, which has been exposed, allowed individuals at the head of the previous regime at the IAAF to delay the following of normal procedures in certain doping case.

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Monday 11, Jan 2016

  UK Athletics Urge IAAF To Reset World Records For ‘Clean Athletes’ Era

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A major campaign has been launched by UK Athletics in response to the biggest doping crisis in the world of athletics. The governing body of athletics in the United Kingdom announced it will seek to bring in a lifetime ban for any athlete who is found guilty of a serious drugs violation.

The campaign came after Russia was banned indefinitely by the world governing body of athletics. It emerged from the doping scandal that some senior IAAF officials took money from international athletes to cover up positive tests of athletes from Russia, Morocco, and Turkey. It is widely believed that Kenya, one of the super-powers of world athletics, is also at the center of the doping-related allegations.

The second part of the findings of WADA independent commission is likely to be announced by Dick Pound, the chair of the commission, on Thursday at a news conference in Munich.

‘A Manifesto for Clean Athletics’ was published by the governing body for British athletics that called for stringent measures to be brought in to clean up the sport. Fourteen proposals were included by UK Athletics to enforce a lifetime ban against representing Great Britain for any athlete guilty of a serious anti-doping violation. This also included doubling the ban lengths worldwide for serious offences from four years to eight years.

Other proposals made by UK Athletics included sponsors not supporting athletes guilty of serious doping offences and WADA establishing a public global register of all drugs tests so that the times and places of tests undertaken by all athletes are open to scrutiny. This also included a new set of world records to be brought in by the IAAF based on performances in the new ‘Clean Athletics’ era and all athletes competing in world championships to have a valid blood/biological passport. UK Athletics also suggested that WADA should tighten up the process around the granting of Therapeutic Use Exemptions to athletes and also recommended that all lottery-funded athletes in Britain should agree to have their tests available on a public register maintained by UK Anti-Doping.

Ed Warner, UK Athletics chairman, said the integrity of athletics was challenged as never before in 2015. Clean athletes and sports fans the world over have been let down. Warner added trust in the sport is at its lowest point for decades. The chairman of UK Athletics added the association believes the time has come for radical reform if we are to help restore trust in the sport and also commented that athletics needs to act very differently if we are to move on from the crisis facing the sport. It was also said by Warner that greater transparency, tougher sanctions, longer bans -and even resetting the clock on world records for a new era – we should be open to do whatever it takes to restore credibility in the sport. He also remarked we are publishing a ‘Manifesto for Clean Athletics’ and said we cannot will the ends – a clean sport that people can trust – if we are not prepared to be bold and put in place the means to get there.

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Saturday 14, Nov 2015

  Former IAAF Anti-Doping Chief Charged With Bribery And Money Laundering

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Lamine Diack, the former anti-doping chief of International Association of Athletics Federations, has been placed under criminal investigation on charges of bribery and money laundering. Diack is suspected of taking about 200,000 euros ($220,000) in bribes in an alleged cover-up of positive Russian doping tests.

Jean-Yves Lourgouilloux, a French prosecutor, revealed Diack and other IAAF officials were suspected of taking money in the year 2011 to permit at least six athletes from Russia to continue competing, some of them participating at the London 2012 Olympics, when they should have been barred for doping. Lourgouilloux said they decided not to act and now we understand why as it was in exchange for money.

Dr. Gabriel Dolle joins former IAAF President Lamine Diack and Diack’s legal adviser, Habib Cisse, under formal investigation, according to a statement by the French office for financial prosecutions. Diack is being investigated on preliminary charges of aggravated money laundering and corruption while Cisse and Dolle face only the corruption charge. Diack was released on bail of 500,000 euros. The French investigation began after a complaint by the World Anti-Doping Agency. WADA initiated a commission for investigating allegations raised during the December 2014 documentary by German broadcaster ARD.

In a statement, the World Anti-Doping Agency said its goal was to investigate the validity of allegations of doping practices; corrupt practices around sample collection and results management; and, other ineffective administration of anti-doping processes that implicate Russia, the IAAF, athletes, coaches, trainers, doctors and other members of athletes’ entourages; as well as, the accredited laboratory based in Moscow and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency.

The entire controversy started when ARD and Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper alleged hundreds of athletes had returned “suspicious” doping tests results after examination of a leaked database that had more than 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes between 2001 and 2012. Eminent Australian scientists Michael Ashenden and Robin Parisotto confirmed the findings but IAAF condemned as ‘naive’ the two blood experts. The world governing body of athletics said the two scientists conveniently ignore the fact that more than 60 athletes have been sanctioned on the basis of abnormal blood values collected after 2009 and added that their statement does not address the fact that they had no knowledge whatsoever of the actions taken by the IAAF in following these suspicious profiles. The athletics’ governing body said it acknowledges that these two scientists have a great degree of expertise in the analysis of blood profiles and it is for these reasons that we are so disappointed.

Arne Ljungqvist, the former chairman of the International Olympic Committee’s medical commission, also came to the defense at that time. Ljungqvist said the world governing body of athletics did more than others, before others but is now criticized by people, who have no insight into the work of International Association of Athletics Federations, for not having done enough that is highly unfair to the governing body, an institution that should be regarded in high respect for its innumerable efforts and investment, throughout its history, for tackling doping in athletics in the most efficient and intelligent ways.

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Sunday 08, Nov 2015

  WADA To Publish Independent Report Into Doping In Sport

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The World Anti-Doping Agency is set to release its findings on widespread allegations that have sent tremors over the last year.

WADA’s independent commission will make a report public on Monday that is prompted by a 2014 documentary by a German broadcaster. This documentary alleged widespread cheating and doping among athletes, coaches, and officials from Russia. The World Anti-Doping Agency is also looking into an August 2015 report that included leaked information from database of the International Association of Athletics Federation, which included tests that allegedly revealed suspicious results for many Olympic and world championship medalists.

Athletics has come under the scanner, especially after IAAF President Lamine Diack was investigated over an alleged payment of more than one million euros to cover up doping offences by Russian athletes.

A prosecutor from the Parquet National Financier (PNF), which handles financial prosecutions in France, confirmed that the former IAAF President is being investigated. Diack and his adviser Habib Cisse have been formally interviewed and Gabriel Dolle, the IAAF’s anti-doping director, has been taken into custody.

The 82-year-old Senegalese, who was IAAF president from 1999 until 2015, is suspected of corruption and money-laundering. Diack is suspected to have taken money allegedly to hide positive doping tests. Diack was arrested and released on £350,000 bail and was ordered to surrender his passport.

The PNF prosecutor added the investigations included a probe into bribery allegations that Diack received more than one million euros to cover up positive drugs tests. A statement from the IAAF confirmed French police officers paid a visit to the IAAF headquarters in Monaco and took documents. IAAF president Sebastian Coe, who took over in August from Diack, was at the office at the time and volunteered to speak to the investigators.

Papa Massata Diack, Diack’s son, stepped down from his role as a marketing consultant to the IAAF and the head of Russia’s athletics federation, Valentin Balakhnichev resigned from his role as IAAF treasurer. Dolle, the director of the IAAF medical and anti-doping department, left the federation after he was questioned by its ethics commission. This all was after it was claimed by German broadcaster ARD that a number of positive dope tests involving Russian athletes had been concealed by officials from the IAAF. The leaked data published in August revealed that a third of all medals in endurance events at World Championships and Olympics between 2001 and 2012 had been won by athletes who recorded suspicious tests.

A statement was released by the IAAF in which it was said that the world governing body of athletics confirms that a French police investigation has commenced that originated from separate ongoing investigations by the independent commission of WADA and the IAAF’s own independent Ethics Commission into allegations surrounding its anti-doping rules and regulations.

WADA released a statement and confirmed that the investigations had been prompted by its information. The statement read the World Anti-Doping Agency is aware of the ongoing criminal investigations relating to sport officials and allegations of corruption and money-laundering, as announced by the French authorities and added these investigations are a result of information passed on by WADA’s Independent Commission (IC) to the relevant authorities.

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Tuesday 27, Oct 2015

  Doping Should Not Be A Criminal Offense, Says WADA

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In a statement issued on Sunday, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has remarked it does not believe doping should be made a criminal offense for athletes.

The anti-doping agency said it does not wish to interfere in the sovereign right of any government to make laws for its people. The World Anti-Doping Agency added the current system has been globally accepted by sport and government. Presently, athletes who are caught doping face a four-year period of ineligibility for serious doping and have a right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The WADA statement reads the World Anti-Doping Agency does not wish to interfere in the sovereign right of any government to make laws for its people. It added however the Agency believes that the sanction process for athletes, which includes a right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), is a settled process, accepted by all governments of the world, and further that the sanctions for a doping violation by an athlete, which now includes a longer, four-year period of ineligibility, have been globally accepted by sport and government. The statement also reads the Agency as such does not believe that doping should be made a criminal offence for athletes.

The statement also reads WADA and its partners in the anti-doping community do however encourage governments to introduce laws that penalize those who are trafficking and distributing banned substances; those individuals who are ultimately putting banned substances into the hands of athletes. The WADA statement also reads this is a commitment that governments made in ratifying the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport in 2005 and also reads that WADA acknowledges that countries that have introduced criminal legislation for doping have been effective in catching athlete support personnel that possess or traffic performance enhancing drugs.

The German government passed draft legislation earlier this year that makes it illegal for athletes to make use of performance enhancing drugs inside borders of the country. The law, which still must be approved by the parliament of the country, cites jail terms of up to three years for professional athletes who are caught using or possessing performance enhancing drugs and would affect approximately 7,000 elite athletes who are subject to Germany’s National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) regulations but this law does not apply to amateur athletes. Many of Germany’s neighbors — Italy, France, and Austria — have passed legislation that has also criminalized doping. Reservations have been voiced against the law by the German Olympic sports association that argued that pressure on athletes, whether based on performance or financial incentives, is overwhelming and all encompassing.

The Daily Mail reported on Monday that a new law has been proposed by Colin Moynihan, Lord of the British Olympic Association, which would see athletes caught using performance enhancing drugs sent to prison for up to two years. Moynihan is expecting the law will be in place for the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London. Under this proposed law, any athlete, regardless of nationality, who is caught of doping in the United Kingdom could be arrested and made to stand trial in the country.

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Wednesday 07, Oct 2015

  CCES And WADA Join Hands To Drive Anti-Doping Education Strategies Forward

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The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), in partnership with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), welcomed experts from the anti-doping industry on 2 and 3 October to a value-based education conference in Ottawa to improve global anti-doping education initiatives.

The event was attended by representatives from 61 National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs), 18 International Federations (IFs), 4 Regional Anti-Doping Organizations (RADOs), and 17 researchers from 50 countries. One hundred and fifty-one people from an additional 26 countries participated in this conference through live streaming. Purpose of this meet was to examine how initiatives on a global level can be advanced by anti-doping organizations by utilizing the collective knowledge of Anti-Doping Organizations and researchers worldwide.

The first day of the conference was based on the requirement of astute education programs to help in educating the world on preventing doping via examination of current research methods and discussions about how these schemes can be put into action. On the following day, broad debates happened on how this research would be important to help in planning anti-doping education strategies across the world.

Rob Koehler, WADA Senior Director, Education and NADO/RADO Relations, said WADA and industry experts recognize that collaboration is paramount to the success of the clean sport campaign. Koehler added the Conference was the ideal forum to discuss ways of addressing global issues, with local sensitivities, with the goal of implementing effective information and education programs. The WADA Senior Director added there is a clear message that all leaders must invest in values-based education to ensure that we have more effective research-based education going forward and also remarked that effective education has the power to prevent doping and, in so doing, effect positive change on society as a whole.

All participants committed to adopt key resolutions that include WADA, NADOs, RADOs, and IFs must devote more financial and human resources to values-based anti-doping education programs. It was also committed that the World Anti-Doping Agency must convene a follow-up conference before 2018 for examining the state of this important area of work and evaluate the progress of these resolutions. The resolutions also included ADOs and researchers must continue to collaborate to further guide and enhance values-based education and NADOs and RADOs must evaluate their anti-doping education programs and ensure that they reflect a values-based approach to enhance their effectiveness.

Paul Melia, CEO of the CCES, said the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport is committed to the advancement of values-based education as a means to prevent doping in sport. Melia added this Conference provided an important opportunity to fundamentally shift our understanding of how to use sport values to prevent doping. The CEO of CCES also said in Canada, for example, we are fostering a social change approach that ensures the values of sport drive the experiences in sport from the time a child enters the sport system. Paul Melia also commented that we look forward to collaborating with our colleagues from around the world as we continue to advance new values-based educational initiatives.

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Saturday 22, Aug 2015

  WADA Considering Blanket Ban Of Countries Over Doping

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The World Anti-Doping Agency is presently considering the option of putting a blanket ban on countries whose athletes regularly dope.

WADA President Craig Reedie said such a deterrent could prove out to be a “pretty blunt instrument” in the war against doping. However, Reedie added he is waiting on a report from WADA’s independent commission before the World Anti-Doping Agency decide to push forward with this strategy. The 74-year-old Reedie said the fact that this is being discussed as a potential sanction is not entirely unhelpful and added a blanket ban would be a very, very serious sanction because it tends to be a pretty blunt instrument and may be that is required.

The WADA Chief said there has been a precedent in countries being banned by individual ruling bodies of sports. The International Weightlifting Federation is one organization that had banned countries whose members frequently flout anti-doping rules. In 2011, the IWF suspended Nigeria for repeated doping offenses that meant the most populous nation of Africa was unable to send weightlifters to the 2002 Commonwealth Games. World equestrianism’s governing body, the FEI, suspended the United Arab Emirates earlier this year after a series of scandals over doping, horse welfare, and phantom races.

It is however important to remember that the World Anti-Doping Agency cannot impose any suspension itself though it can lobby for the introduction of such a ban.

Reedie also remarked the World Anti-Doping Agency lacks the sufficient resources to tackle the issue. The WADA President remarked people who wish to cheat have different and more opportunities to cheat than we have to resolve it in conventional ways. He added if somebody produces a completely new substance that should be banned, it will take us some time to firstly identify it and then create a test for it. If that was not all, financial limitations of the WADA mean it would be unable to test as many athletes as it would like even when the latter is successfully devised. Reedie also said if you look at our new (anti-doping) code, you will see there’s a much greater emphasis on investigations and intelligence gathering, and this involves a whole range of entities — law enforcement, customs and sports people.

In the last few weeks, the world governing body of athletics has came under intense pressure for its stance on anti-doping after claims made by the Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD. The two organizations claimed the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) failed to create and maintain high standards of anti-doping. It was claimed by ARD and British newspaper The Sunday Times that a third of medals awarded in endurance events in the Olympics and world championships between 2001-2012 were won by athletes who had recorded suspicious doping tests in the past. Two anti-doping experts described over half the 800 athletes whose blood samples as “highly suggestive of doping or at the very least abnormal” came from Russia.

On Sunday, the IAAF denied claimed it vetoed a survey that revealed a third of athletes at the 2011 World Championships had admitted to doping.

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