Doping Control Independence from the Sporting Organisations

The "Olympic Summit" of leading representatives of the Olympic Movement met October 17th in Lausanne, convened and chaired by IOC President Thomas Bach. Among the outcomes was a statement calling fro doping control to be independent from sport organisations. Clik Here to access the link to the IOC website .

The first point in the Olympic Summit communique' was:

Protecting the Clean Athletes. The Summit, following recommendation 15 of Olympic Agenda 2020, decided to make anti-doping testing independent from sports organisations. The Summit requested WADA to studay taking responsibility for testing as the global centre of competence in anti-doping. This study is to be undertaken by a working group established by WADA and comprising the stakeholders of the Olympic Movement as well as representatives of governments. Clik here to read more on the meeting outcomes.

In his letter of October 20th Craig Reedie (WADA- President) summarises that the IOC has requested "WADA to study the implications of establishing an independent international testing agency to take over testing responsibilities for the Sports Movement- including International Federations and Major Games Organizers".

The October 27th reply from the IOC contemplates a wider review: "WADA was asked by the Summit to study how to take responsibility for testing and gathering intelligence. The conclusion of the Summit was that WADA, as the global centre of competence in anti-doping, would create a working group, including representatives of the Olympic Movement and governments" and "Furthermore, the Summit requested that WADA look at all elements of current programmes for all Anti-Doping Organisations."

This Olympic Summit's position represents a major opportunity for NADOs (But also for private-sector sample collection companies). However, any WADA working group would be incomplete without the participating of one or more leading NADOs. Recall that according to the latest (2014) WADA Testing Statistics, NADOs do nearly 2/3 of all doping control annually world-wide.


(extract from iNADO Upate #64.1)


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