Wednesday, 20 November, 2019

Bańka to urge sponsors to back WADA in anti-doping battle

Incoming WADA President President Witold Bańka has warned more money needs to be raised if the fight against anti-doping is to be effective WADA confirm they will investigate athletes who worked under disgraced former coach Alberto Salazar
Sandra Phillips | 08 November, 2019, 00:58

"It was surprising", Tygart told Reuters on the sidelines of a world conference on doping in sport organised by WADA.

Reedie, who will step down as Wada president at the end of the year, said the delay was preventing the prosecution of several hundred athletes involved in the Russian doping scandal.

Then, he called upon sports leaders, governments and private companies to contribute to a cause he portrayed as massively underfunded. "It is not a new idea to engage big sponsors as part of their corporate social responsibility", Banka told an global anti-doping conference. This is why I would like to congratulate the incoming president of WADA, Witold Banka, and the incoming vice-president, Yang Yang.

"Each of us who have taken a careful look at WADA's budget knows that it is not in proportion with the expectations raised for the organisation", he told delegates at the opening session of the fifth World Conference on Doping in Sport here today.

He added that the financial contribution from sport's combined stakeholders is estimated at $260 million during the four-year Olympic cycle.

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Poland's Sports Minister is due to take over as head of WADA on January 1 next year when he replaces Sir Craig Reedie, and raising much-needed funds to fight doping more effectively will be near the top of things he needs to achieve. Bach said it will cost about $5 million to build similar storage for pre-test samples.

Two months after Telegraph Sport published a leap forward used to be shut in analysis into what would be potentially the most well-known approach in the battle against doping for the reason that introduction of the organic passport, Thomas Bach acknowledged it goes to also just be willing in time for Tokyo 2020.

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".

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.

He'll be under the microscope, as WADA deals with a continuing case involving Russian cheating.

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