Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Bach: IOC to cooperate closely with WADA

Bach: IOC to cooperate closely with WADA

The World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) three-day conference on drugs in sport has opened in Poland, with the long-running Russian doping scandal overshadowing the proceedings.

Salazar, the former coach of Britain's Mo Farah, was found guilty of doping violations after a four-year investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency. These words which I used at the 4th World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg 2013, are still true today. "It is not a new idea to engage big sponsors as part of their corporate social responsibility", Banka said.

Witold Banka, Poland's Tourism and Sports Minister who will take over the WADA leadership from Craig Reedie on January 1, said the organization urgently needed to increase revenues and being a sponsor of sports events came with a responsibility.

Wada reported income of $35.4m in 2018, up from $32m in 2017.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach pledged $10 million to fight doping in sports, half of which would go toward storing samples from pre-Olympics testing for 10 years and the other half toward investigations and research.

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"By putting the focus more on the entourage, by holding everybody implicated in a doping case accountable in a robust and deterrent way, and by close cooperation between all anti-doping stakeholders, we can take a major step forward to strengthen justice and credibility for the protection of the clean athletes and to drain the doping swamp". "The athlete is supported and sometimes even driven to or forced into doping by a secretive network which may include coaches, agents, dealers, managers, officials from government or sport organisations, doctors, physiotherapists or others", he said.

He remarked: "The creation of the ITA was made possible by start-up funding of $30 million from the IOC".

In 2016, the WADA Independent Commission chaired by Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren delivered a report, which stated in particular that Russian Federation allegedly employed a state-sponsored doping system. "And we need the same kind" of support.

WADA's current backers, governments and the International Olympic Committee, have promised to increase the budget by eight percent annually until 2022.

Half of WADA's budget of about $40 million a year comes from the Olympic movement, and the IOC's injection of another $10 million contribution is significant.

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