Anti-dop­ing man says IOC pro­posal still in­suf­fi­cient

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

The um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion rep­re­sent­ing na­tional anti-dop­ing agen­cies (iNADO) has com­plained about “trou­bling omis­sions” in the IOC’s lat­est pro­posal to catch and sanc­tion cheat­ing ath­letes.

INADO said the dec­la­ra­tion pro­duced by the IOC after a meet­ing of world sports lead­ers on Satur­day had failed to di­rectly men­tion the is­sue of state-spon­sored dop­ing in Rus­sia or con­demn cy­ber at­tacks by the so­called Fancy Bears group.

The IOC promised more power and fund­ing to the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (Wada), fol­low­ing the meet­ing held be­hind closed doors in Lau­sanne.

It pro­posed that test­ing of ath­letes should be car­ried out by a new agency within the Wada frame­work, while sanc­tions would be de­cided by the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport (Cas). Wada it­self must now de­cide whether to ap­prove and im­ple­ment the mea­sures.

INADO, which rep­re­sents the na­tional anti-dop­ing agen­cies of 59 coun­tries, said that the IOC’s five-page dec­la­ra­tion in­cluded some “con­struc­tive prin­ci­ples” but these had been over­shad­owed by the fail­ings.

“The IOC’s track record since the re­lease of the McLaren Re­port has only con­founded the global anti-dop­ing sys­tem,” said iNADO’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Joseph de Pencier.

“With this lat­est dec­la­ra­tion, the IOC only comes part way to restor­ing its cred­i­bil­ity for the clean ath­letes of the world.”

The McLaren re­port was one of two com­mis­sioned by Wada in the last year which re­vealed wide­spread state-spon­sored dop­ing in Rus­sian sport. “There is noth­ing ex­plicit about state-spon­sored dop­ing in Rus­sia, or about the moral re­spon­si­bil­ity of the IOC to push Rus­sian sport and sport lead­ers to nec­es­sary cul­tural change in that coun­try for gen­uinely pro­tect­ing clean sport,” said iNADO.

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