WADA wants charter of rights for athletes

March 16, 2017
Fireworks during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

 

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP):

A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) panel is proposing a charter to formally protect the rights of athletes.

WADA athlete committee chairwoman Beckie Scott says "athletes are frustrated and are asking that their 'rights', with respect to clean, fair sport, be recognised and protected".

WADA says its athlete panel worked on the proposal after two investigations revealed widespread doping and cover-ups in Russian track and field and other sports, including at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Athletes in some sports have challenged governing bodies to be tougher, reacting to findings from the WADA-appointed investigations.

At a WADA conference in Lausanne, athlete representatives said priorities included "the right to compete on a level playing field, the right to access education, privacy protection, (and) legal representation".

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