WADA will need two years to implement IOC proposal: Reedie

Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:05pm EDT
 
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By Brian Oliver

FORDE, Norway (Reuters) - The governing bodies of sports who want the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to catch and punish cheats for them will have to wait for two years, WADA president Craig Reedie said on Friday.

“You can't change the whole anti-doping system in a short period, and work is ongoing to find out what investment is needed," Reedie told Reuters.

"There are a whole range of issues concerning technical arrangements and political arrangements. We are working though it, and if this is going to work the way the IOC have proposed, it will not be till 2018.”

In December, after a series of doping scandals in athletics and other sports, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) reiterated its zero-tolerance policy to doping cheats and put forward a plan for change.

That involved the setting-up of a new, independent testing and results agency under the leadership of WADA and recommended that sports should transfer their doping control operations to this new organization.

International sports federations and governments, which are 50 percent partners of WADA, should fund the reform process, said the IOC, which also proposed that all sanctions be carried out not by the sports themselves, but by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The European Weightlifting Federation voted unanimously at its annual congress last week that the sport should “go independent” in the way suggested by the IOC.

Continental federations cannot, however, determine global policy.   Continued...

 
President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Craig Reedie gestures during an interview with Reuters at the WADA symposium in Lausanne, Switzerland, March 14, 2016.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse