DRUG-BUST­ING RE­FORMS

WADA board meet­ing to dis­cuss set­ting up an independent drug test­ing au­thor­ity

New Straits Times - - Sport - THOMAS BACH

MON­TREAL needs to be im­proved,” Rol­land said.

The push for an independent test­ing au­thor­ity is not to ev­ery­one’s taste how­ever. Sev­eral pow­er­ful fed­er­a­tions, no­tably world foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body Fifa, have al­ready in­di­cated they want to be ex­empt from the pro­posed re­forms.

“We re­spect the WADA and IOC pro­pos­als but they con­cern the smaller fed­er­a­tions,” said Michel D’Hooghe, the chair­man of Fifa’s med­i­cal com­mit­tee.

Ir­re­spec­tive of those ten­sions, how­ever, the IOC are stick­ing to their goal of hav­ing a re­formed sys­tem in place by the time of next Fe­bru­ary’s Win­ter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

“We in­tend to make the con­trols to­tally independent of the IOC,” IOC pres­i­dent Thomas Bach said.

This task will be en­trusted to a new independent test­ing au­thor­ity whose struc­ture may be out­lined at to­day’s WADA Board meet­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to a source with knowl­edge of the is­sue, the pro­posed new test­ing au­thor­ity would be cre­ated as a foun­da­tion un­der the con­trol of a five-mem­ber board.

Rol­land mean­while ac­knowl­edged the ten­sions when ad­dress­ing the is­sue of how the new au­thor­ity would be fi­nanced.

“The dif­fi­culty will be to find a busi­ness model that sat­is­fies ev­ery­one,” he said.

To­day’s meet­ing will be­gin with a key­note ad­dress by WADA’s di­rec­tor gen­eral Olivier Nig­gli, who is ex­pected to give up­dates on a num­ber of is­sues in­clud­ing the “set of rec­om­men­da­tions en­dorsed by the coun­cil last Novem­ber.”

Those in­clude is­sues rang­ing from com­pli­ance and gov­er­nance to early warn­ing sys­tems and the lab­o­ra­tory ac­cred­i­ta­tion process. AFP

We in­tend to make the con­trols to­tally independent of the IOC.

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