Doping: WADA to investigate athletes coached by banned Salazar

IOC President Thomas Bach today dismissed claims that athletes are not fully represented on the main decision-making bodies of WADA

"This is a collaborative project between WADA, the IOC, the International Testing Agency, as well as several National Anti-Doping Organisations, including the United States, China, Japan, Switzerland and Australia", the German continued his speech. "It is not a new idea to engage big sponsors as part of their corporate social responsibility".

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach pledged $10 million to fight doping in sports, half of which would go toward storing samples from pre-Olympics testing for 10 years and the other half toward investigations and research.

"The worst case of the system failure, certainly in my time as president, if not in the entire history of the anti-doping movement, has been with Russia", WADA President Reedie said addressing the 5th World Conference on Doping in Sport, hosted by Poland's Katowice on Tuesday.

"That will be one of the biggest tasks: to convince the big companies to join the Olympic anti-doping solidarity fund", he added.

Yuri Ganus worked the halls of an global anti-doping conference that was headlined Tuesday by a speech from Polish President Andrzej Duda, who spoke out strongly about the need for clean sports.

Hundreds of doping samples from the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games have been reanalyzed with improved methods, resulting in more than 120 positive tests.

Bach cited state-doping in Russian Federation, the Aderlass blood-doping Operation and the scandal-hit Nike Oregon Project as all highlighting the "urgent need to focus much more on the athletes' entourage".

Later, WADA's incoming president Witold Banka took a swipe at the scale of the agency's "ridiculous" budget of less than 40 million dollars.

New revelations appeared in September when electronic data from the former Moscow laboratory was suspected of having been manipulated when it was handed to WADA investigators earlier in the year. WADA negotiated to receive the data so it could pursue cases stemming from the country's elaborate cheating scheme at the Sochi Olympics and other major events.

"We can not keep raising contributions".

"This is where we need the full support of the government authorities". In today's world, where perception is unfortunately so often becoming reality, it is more important than ever to avoid even the perception of a conflict of interest.



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