OIympic lead­ers be­gin sum­mit on global anti-dop­ing sys­tem

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

LAU­SANNE, SWITZER­LAND >> Olympic sports lead­ers have be­gun de­bat­ing how to im­prove a global anti-dop­ing sys­tem amid the fall­out of a Rus­sian state-backed cheat­ing scan­dal.

A closed-doors meet­ing chaired by IOC Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach was dis­cussing Satur­day the role of the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency, which an­gered many Olympic of­fi­cials by call­ing for Rus­sia to be banned from the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Olympic lead­ers have long fa­vored tak­ing con­trol of drug testing from sports fed­er­a­tions, though WADA’s pos­si­ble role in a newly in­de­pen­dent sys­tem has been ques­tioned since it ap­pointed two in­ves­ti­ga­tions that de­tailed Rus­sian dop­ing and cover-ups.

Del­e­gates in­cluded the In­ter­na­tional Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee’s pres­i­dent, Philip Craven, who suc­cess­fully ex­cluded Rus­sia from the Par­a­lympic Games in Rio.

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