Athletes and public are demanding answers, says WADA president

Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:55pm EDT
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By Brian Homewood

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Global sport's anti-doping agency WADA says it needs more funding to help root out cheats and wants sponsors and broadcasters to help foot the bill.

WADA president Craig Reedie said the agency's basic annual budget was around 27 million dollars, less than some individual sportsmen earn in a year.

"I think at the end of the day most of the world thinks that clean sport would be a good idea and perhaps now we could encourage them (sponsors) to help bring it about," he told Reuters on the sidelines of a WADA conference.

"I think we have to say to very successful commercial companies, for example the pharmaceutical companies with whom we work very closely, there is a real interest here for you and for us."

Athletics, the showpiece sport of the Olympic Games, was rocked last year when Russia was suspended from the sport after a WADA investigation revealed a state-sponsored doping program.

Tennis was also hit last week when five-times grand slam champion Maria Sharapova revealed that she had tested positive for the banned substance meldonium.

"The difficulty comes from the never-ending list of things we have to do," Reedie said.

"It's become quite apparent that as greater pressures appear, we need to find other sources of revenue.   Continued...

A woman walks into the head office for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal, November 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Christinne Muschi