Anti-doping group seeks reform of 'deeply damaged' system

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September 01, 2016
@Normal:Sir Craig Reedie left, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency(WADA).

COPENHAGEN, AP:

Top officials of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other sporting bodies would be banned from being members of anti-doping agencies under new proposals for tackling drugs in sports.

Leaders of 17 anti-doping organisations met in Copenhagen this week to consider ways of fixing a "global anti-doping effort that has been deeply damaged" and to "ensure that the disturbing events of recent years are not repeated."

Among the group's aims was to remove the "fundamental conflict of interest that exists when anti-doping decisions are controlled by sports organisations" a shot at the current ties between the World Anti-Doping Agency and International Olympic Committee.

The president of WADA is Craig Reedie, a senior IOC member from Britain whose dual role has come under scrutiny during the scandal over state-sponsored doping in Russia. Reedie served as an IOC vice president and member of the policy-making executive board until his term expired during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He is now a regular IOC member

The Copenhagen summit proposed a rule that would forbid officers, directors, employees and all decision-makers of anti-doping bodies from also holding a top position in any international federation or "major event organisation."

The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations said the proposal would "prevent the inherent conflict of interest that exists when a sports organisation is tasked with both promoting and policing itself."

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