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Fifth Olympic Summit: IOC president calls for reforms to global anti-doping agency

Reporter: Xu Zhen 丨 CCTV.com

10-09-2016 15:57 BJT

The fifth Olympic summit just concluded in Lausanne, Switzerland where IOC President Thomas Bach outlined plans for the reform of the World Anti-Doping Agency. The meeting was joined by most of the leaders in world sports with Bach insisting that the new measures would give WADA "more authority" over national anti-doping agencies.

The summit of top global sports officals backed WADA to continue overseeing worldwide anti-doping efforts, upholding the agency's central role following months of strained relations caused by its call to ban Russia from the Rio Olympics over state-sponsored cheating.
"This declaration of the Olympic Summit is a clear commitment by the entire Olympic movement to a more independent worldwide, harmonized fight against doping by a stronger world anti-doping organisation."Thomas Bach, IOC president said.

Bach has called for on overhaul to the system for tackling drug cheats. The IOC president is proposing independent drug-testing units across all sports.

Bach siad:"What is very important for a more efficient, more robust fight against doping is more independence. More independence on one hand from the sports organisations, and more independence from national interests."

The role of the World Anti-Doping Agency has been questioned in light of the investigation into what they alleged was state-backed Russian doping with several IOC members publicly blasting WADA for its handling of the crisis.

"WADA with these measures would be made much stronger because with this WADA would have more authority also over national anti-doping agencies it could supervise and manage the worldwide anti-doping programmes in a much more efficient way and would be strengthened by a unit that would deal with intelligence gathering and investigation in such a way that would provide great synergy between the testing unit and the investigative unit."He said.

Big changes could be afoot for world sport's drug police and WADA will discuss the proposals in November at meetings in Glasgow.

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