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WADA's Reedie welcomes IOC proposals

Saturday, October 08, 2016 - 00:53

IOC moves to strengthen the World Anti-Doping Agency are welcomed by the group's president, Craig Reedie.

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SHOWS: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (OCTOBER 8) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY (WADA) PRESIDENT CRAIG REEDIE SAYING: "I think it will strengthen it and that was clear the whole way round the table this morning, we are to be given substantial additional authority and substantial additional power, so I am fairly happy with that." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY (WADA) PRESIDENT CRAIG REEDIE SAYING: "We now have a clear set of principles established by the IOC, following things they said before which will contribute to the way moving forward, people just wished to strengthen the World Anti-Doping Agency and the anti-doping system, we now know the means that the IOC would like, and that is fine." 4. WHITE FLASH 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY (WADA) PRESIDENT CRAIG REEDIE SAYING: "We have been given powers on compliance, and as you know from our think tank, we are going to produce a whole range of potential sanctions for different degrees of non-compliance, so that's in our hands and we will do that." STORY: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) wants to give more power to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in the fight against drug-cheating by athletes, it said on Saturday (October 8). The move, announced after a meeting held behind closed-doors at a luxury hotel in Lausanne, was immediately welcomed by WADA president Craig Reedie. The IOC said it was agreed at the meeting of world sports leaders that WADA should oversee the testing of athletes while sanctions would be decided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Testing is currently conducted by either national anti-doping agencies or international sports federations, who also decide sanctions. WADA's role is mainly a regulatory one which includes compiling the list of banned substances. The so-called Olympics Summit also proposed WADA should have more control over national anti-doping agencies, and should supervise national anti-doping programmes. The IOC said the proposals would be put to WADA, which has the final say in whether to approve them, at their next meeting in November. "We are to be given substantial additional authority and substantial additional power, so I am fairly happy with that," Reedie said. "We have been given powers on compliance and ....we are going to produce a whole range of potential sanctions for different degrees of non-compliance, so that's in our hands and we will do that. "I think there is a strong feeling that breaches of the World Anti-Doping code require strong sanctions and that WADA is the body to do that." He said it was hoped to have the new system in place by the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Relations between the IOC and WADA have been strained since two independent reports commissioned by WADA revealed evidence of widespread, state-sponsored doping in Russia. The IOC resisted calls for a blanket ban on Russians competing in the Rio Games due to the country's doping record, leaving decisions on individual athletes' participation with their sports federations. Last month's Paralympics, however, did ban all Russian athletes. Reedie has complained that WADA's annual budget of around $30 million, funded partly by national governments and partly by the IOC, is not enough and IOC President Thomas Bach agreed that it would now need an increase.

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WADA's Reedie welcomes IOC proposals

Saturday, October 08, 2016 - 00:53