WADA hopes to get doping report by mid-November

Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:12am EDT
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By Mikael Nilsson

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency is hoping to receive the much-awaited report on allegations of widespread doping in sport before its board meeting in mid-November, WADA Director General David Howman said on Tuesday.

The report of the independent commission, appointed by the agency and headed by former WADA chief Dick Pound, into claims made by German television regarding doping involving mostly Russian and Kenyan athletes had been initially expected this month.

But it has since been combined with fresh allegations in August that hundreds of suspicious drugs tests had not been followed up by world athletics body IAAF.

"We gave a mandate to the independent commission and asked them if they would complete their work, their investigation and file their report with us before the end of this year," Howman told Reuters Television in an interview.

"We hope they can do it well prior to the end of the year because we have a board meeting in mid-November and we would certainly like our board members to be able to discuss that report at that occasion."

The allegations made by German broadcaster ARD and the Sunday Times newspaper shook the world of athletics with the IAAF coming under fire for allegedly not following up suspicious test results from more than 800 athletes -- including dozens of Olympic and world champions -- between 2001 and 2012.

"Well I think you can say that because at the present there is a controversy which involves athletics," Howman said when asked if athletics was now succeeding cycling as a major doping offender in world sport.

"I think it would be unfair to concentrate on any one sport. It's probably better if we said look there are problems out there in sport, there are issues that we need to address with the various sports and we're doing that.   Continued...

David Howman, Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), addresses the participants of the 11th Symposium for Anti-Doping Organizations in Lausanne March 24, 2015.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse