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Friday 17, Mar 2017

  Declaration On Global Anti-Doping Reforms Unveiled By IOC Board

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The executive Board members of International Olympic Committee (IOC) have insisted that governments and sports organizations must be “represented equally” in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The IOC executive board also recommended a a completely “neutral” President as vice-president of WADA as well as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) assuming sanctioning responsibility. The Court of Arbitration for Sport, rather than the World Anti-Doping Agency would also be responsible for sanctioning all organizations deemed non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code.

The section on WADA governance reads since the sports organizations and the Governments are both founding stakeholders on an equal basis, they must be represented equally on the WADA Foundation Board and Executive Committee. It was also added that the role of athletes on the Foundation Board and Executive Committee must be strengthened and the representation of athletes must be elected (not appointed as now) athlete representatives. The WADA governance section also said the WADA Boards should also include independent members.

The IOC declaration also made it clear that they consider interest conflicts as just as much of a problem for Government representatives. It added WADA must be equally independent from both sports organizations and from national interests as this is necessary because even the perception of a conflict of interest can be considered damaging to the credibility of the anti-doping system. The declaration by IOC further reads that this with regard to national interests is particularly important because of the recent challenges to the system from certain NADOs, from disputes between different NADOs, and from appeals by IFs against decisions of National Anti-Doping Institutions.

The suggestions made by the IOC board directly contradicts the core theme of a United States Olympic Committee (USOC) position paper that proposed no person serving in a governance role in the IOC, any NOC (National Olympic Committee), any IF (International Federation), or ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees) would serve in a WADA Board role. It was also proposed that WADA would be responsible for compliance monitoring including investigation of all code signatories.

It was agreed by the IOC that there should be no sporting involvement in testing and sanctioning. However, it insisted that it would be pointless to exclude all experts from the organization completely. IOC Presidential spokesperson Mark Adams remarked the call by some that there should be no expertise in sport in the governance of an organization which is looking into doping in sport, is plainly ridiculous. Adams further commented that all governance involves experts in the subjects and also remarked what is important is to have a separation between the governance and the prosecution of the cases, in other words the sanctioning and the investigation. The IOC Presidential spokesperson also remarked if those two are kept separate from the governance then you have a good, well-run system which runs along the separation of powers.

IOC President Thomas Bach has also requested a meeting with Sir Craig Reedie, the WADA President, and Richard McLaren, the author of the WADA-commissioned investigation into Russian doping.

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Friday 23, Sep 2016

  Global Doping Enforcement System Is Broken, Says USOC President

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U.S. Olympic Committee president Larry Probst has described the worldwide efforts against doping as broken. Probst cautioned against anti-doping efforts focusing on a single country or group of nations.

The President of the U.S. Olympic Committee remarked a new international model has to be developed to combat doping. Probst remarked the global system is broken and it needs to be fixed – the sooner the better, and added we owe it to clean athletes around the world to modernize our approach to anti-doping, to create a truly independent entity absent any conflicts of interest that currently may exist, and committing the resources necessary to protect the integrity of the competitions that we all love to see.

Probst also commented that we need an anti-doping agency that has real investigative powers and the authority to impose fines and sanctions. The U.S. Olympic Committee President further remarked this reconstituted agency needs to be supported globally by all constituencies – the (International Olympic Committee, international federations and national Olympic committees) Athlete Commissions, and national governments. He also disclosed the USOC board recently increased our contribution to the United States Anti-Doping Agency by 20 percent and added he is personally committed to investing the time and energy necessary to developing a new model for a new era.

Probst said it would be an error to single out individual nations. The International Association of Athletics Federations, the world governing body for track and field, recently banned Russia from competing in the Rio Olympics after allegations of state sponsored doping program were made. Probst added he supported the decision of the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach at the IOC Session in Rio to request that each international federation make a reasoned determination on Russian participation at the Games. Probst further said he also made the point that doping in sport isn’t simply the problem of one country, nor can it be solved by targeting one team and added we can’t devolve into a Cold War mentality of us versus them if we are going to address the inadequacies of the current anti-doping system.

The statement of Probst comes against a backdrop of global calls for an overhaul of the World Anti-Doping Agency in the wake of high profile drug controversies and the Russian doping scandal.

Probst was among the 84 International Olympic Committee members who at President Thomas Bach’s urging gave their approval to call of the IOC executive committee to let individual sports federations review the doping pasts of athletes and determine which Russians could compete. Probst reiterated at the IOC meeting that the anti-doping system is in need of repair, and that the problem goes deeper than Russia.

The World Anti-Doping Agency was among several anti-doping groups that called for a complete blanket ban on all 389 athletes of Russia. The IOC President went against that recommendation and cited the “concept of individual justice” to justify the call to hand over the decisions to the sports. The IOC later confirmed that 271 Russian athletes had been cleared to compete.

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