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Reedie says that Sponsors should help fund fight against doping

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 01:07

WADA says it needs more funding to help root out cheats and wants sponsors and broadcasters to help foot the bill

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SHOWS: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (MARCH 14, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CRAIG REEDIE, WADA PRESIDENT, SAYING: "I think we have to say to very successful commercial companies, for example the pharmaceutical companies with whom we work very closely, you know, there is a real interest here for you and for us in clean sport and they are big donors in a charitable sense." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CRAIG REEDIE, WADA PRESIDENT, SAYING: "So it's becoming quite apparent that as greater pressures appear, we simply need to find other sources of revenue, it's possible to get evidence that shows that one athlete can earn more in one year than the whole of the WADA budget which I think is a reasonably interesting comparison." 4. WHITE FLASH 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DAVID HOWMAN, WADA DIRECTOR GENERAL, SAYING: "I've been saying this for four or five years, you might look at broadcasting and you might say can we get 0.2 percent of the annual broadcast fees that they're giving out to sport. And if you're going to do that, just add 0.2 percent on the amount you're getting as a sport so you don't feel the pain, why can't we think like that? That's the sort of area that I think, needs a little more consideration." STORY: Global sport's anti-doping agency WADA says it needs more funding to help root out cheats and wants sponsors and broadcasters to help foot the bill. WADA president Craig Reedie said the agency's basic annual budget was around 27 million dollars, less than some individual sportsmen earn in a year. "I think we have to say to very successful commercial companies, for example the pharmaceutical companies with whom we work very closely, you know, there is a real interest here for you and for us in clean sport and they are big donors in a charitable sense," he told Reuters on the sidelines of a WADA conference. "It's becoming quite apparent that as greater pressures appear, we simply need to find other sources of revenue, it's possible to get evidence that shows that one athlete can earn more in one year than the whole of the WADA budget which I think is a reasonably interesting comparison," he said, adding that WADA was understaffed and had an IT system that was 10 years out of date. Athletics, the showpiece sport of the Olympic Games, was rocked last year when Russia was suspended from the sport after a WADA investigation revealed a state-sponsored doping programme. Tennis was also hit last week when five-times grand slam champion Maria Sharapova revealed that she had tested positive for the banned substance meldonium. WADA director general David Howman said a bigger budget would help the organisation become more proactive. "You might look at broadcasting and you might say can we get 0.2 percent of the annual broadcast fees that they're giving out to sport," he told Reuters.

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Reedie says that Sponsors should help fund fight against doping

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 01:07