WADA to ask commercial sponsors for money in anti-doping fight

Eloise Marshall
November 7, 2019

Formed with good intentions, the World Anti-Doping Agency finds itself at a crossroads as it celebrates its 20th anniversary at a conference this week in Poland.

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.

Salazar, the former coach of Britain's Mo Farah, was found guilty of doping violations after a four-year US Anti-Doping Agency investigation. An average football club has a bigger budget.

"We have to convince the biggest partners that if you are a sponsor of sport you have to be a sponsor of clean sport".

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. Bach said it will cost about $5 million to build similar storage for pre-test samples.

Thomas Bach said on Tuesday that the new doping testing method - Dried Blood Spots (DBS) - will be introduced no later than by the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.

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"The athlete is not the only culprit", he said.

"Evidence - uncovered by WADA - that a portion of the data may have been manipulated is still being investigated and sparked a fresh compliance procedure being brought by WADA in September this year against RUSADA", Reedie said.

He'll be under the microscope, as WADA deals with a continuing case involving Russian cheating.

The head of Russia's rebuilt anti-doping agency pleaded with President Vladimir Putin for support as the country moves closer to a possible ban from next year's Olympics.

During the conference, the incumbent Polish Minister of Sport and Tourism Witold Banka will be elected as the new president of WADA, and former Chinese speed skating world champion Yang Yang as the vice-president.

In a panel discussion at the Fifth World Conference on Doping in Sport in Poland, Ms Mohamed stated that there was need to create confidential avenues that will encourage reporting of doping cases in a bid to promote the sanctity and integrity of sports. In today's world, where perception is unfortunately so often becoming reality, it is more important than ever to avoid even the perception of a conflict of interest.

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