WADA president Reedie welcomes IOC proposals


Proposals from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) calling for a centralised worldwide anti-doping system run by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have been welcomed by WADA president Craig Reedie.

The IOC made the recommendation at its summit in Lausanne on Saturday, with a host of other proposals put forward with a view towards establishing a "more robust, more efficient, more transparent and more harmonised WADA anti-doping system".

In addition the IOC also called for WADA to have stronger authority over National Anti-Doping Organisations and provide effective supervision of national anti-doping programmes.

Furthermore the IOC revealed it is ready to contribute added financial support to WADA, though this is dependent on on the proposed reforms being implemented and the results the organisation provides after a system-wide review.

In a statement Reedie said: "WADA welcomes all constructive proposals aimed at reinforcing clean sport.

"Today's summit was one more stop on our road to strengthening WADA and the global anti-doping system.

"The recommendations that were put forward will be considered along with others that we have received from stakeholders on such key topics as: WADA's governance and funding model; consequences for non-compliance; investigations; and testing.

"It was encouraging to hear the sentiment expressed in today's Olympic Summit that echoes the consensus reached by other stakeholders to the effect that WADA must be given greater authority and regulatory powers.

"We will take these ideas forward with us into WADA's Foundation Board meeting on 20 November; at which, the process towards a 'roadmap' will be drawn up."