IOC calls for WADA-run global anti-doping system


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has proposed that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) establish a centralised worldwide anti-doping system.

The measure is one of a series put forward by the IOC at an Olympic summit in Lausanne, with the aim of establishing a "more robust, more efficient, more transparent and more harmonised WADA anti-doping system".

In order to achieve those objectives, the IOC has called for WADA to oversee a refreshed anti-doping system, as well as an increase in the level of targeted testing, and for the "standard level of testing to be harmonised per sport in close cooperation with the relevant International Federation to ensure that athletes from all nations are treated equally".

Additionally the IOC wants a new testing authority to be established within WADA's framework, and coaches, doctors, physiotherapists and other officials who facilitate doping to be held criminally responsible.

The IOC is also keen for WADA to have stronger authority over National Anti-Doping Organisations and provide effective supervision of national anti-doping programmes.

Furthermore the IOC has called for "WADA to significantly improve its information security standards to comply with the international data privacy regulations and to prevent data leakage of critical information".

The medical data of a number of athletes who competed at Rio 2016 has recently been published by the 'Fancy Bears' hacking group, who lifted the information from the WADA's ADAMS system.

The IOC stated the Olympic Movement is ready to contribute increased financing to WADA, though that pledge is dependent on the proposed reforms being implemented and the results the organisation provides after a system-wide review.

WADA is to discuss the proposals at a meeting in Glasgow on November 19-20.