International Olympic Committee pledges $10 million to anti-doping fight

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

Formed with good intentions, the World Anti-Doping Agency finds itself at a crossroads as it celebrates its 20th anniversary at a conference this week in Poland.

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.

Witold Bańka, the Polish Tourism and Sports Minister who will take over as the new president of the World Anti-Doping Agency on January 1, has called on sport's commercial sponsors to contribute financially towards the fight against doping.

"It is ridiculous that an organisation with the status of a global regulator has a budget of less than $40 million".

"An average football club has a bigger budget".

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"We need to look at that and we will".

He added that the financial contribution from sport's combined stakeholders is estimated at $260 million during the four-year Olympic cycle. "The athlete is supported and sometimes even driven to or forced into doping by a secretive network which may include coaches, agents, dealers, managers, officials from government or sport organisations, doctors, physiotherapists or others", he said.

In a statement, Ukad chief executive Nicole Sapstead said: "We have been working with Usada on their investigation into the Nike Oregon Project and will work with Wada on their investigation if there is any evidence that relates to athletes or athlete support personnel under our jurisdiction".

Sir Craig Reedie said on Tuesday he believed that the doping scandal involving Russian Federation was "the worst" in the entire history of the global organization. After receiving the data from Moscow, WADA's investigation and intelligence department suspected that the records had been manipulated before being submitted.

Last month, Putin said it was time to move on from the crisis, and that Russian Federation is cooperating with the World Anti-Doping Agency. "We have better company structures, and we know much more about the business", said Reedie, who is also an International Olympic Committee member. "We have to change the people who realized this approach because now Russian sport is in the fifth year of the doping crisis".

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