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International Olympic Committee asks WADA to create new drug testing authority

IOC also asked for the world's top sports court to take charge of decisions on sanctioning doping?athletes. Photograph: (AFP)

Lausanne, Switzerland Oct 08, 2016, 01.51 PM (IST)

Olympic chiefs on Saturday asked the World Anti-Doping agency to create a new drug testing body, at an Olympic summit in Lausanne, aimed at curbing the powers of federations. 

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made a proposal to overhaul the global anti-doping fight, calling for sports' top court to rule on doping sanctions.

"Sanctions related to doping cases (are) to be delegated to the Court of Arbitration for Sport," said the statement.

Drug control duties will be withdrawn from the international sports federations with the formation of the proposed new body.

The statement clarified that whereas WADA will control regulations and compliance in the anti-doping fight, the new body will be responsible for testing athletes.

The new body will also have "intelligence and investigation" capabilities, the IOC added, AFP reported.

The proposals must still be approved at WADA's meeting next month and by the IOC's full executive board, which meets next in December. 

In the past, sports federations were the final authority to decide on punishments for those who were caught cheating. The athletes could further take their appeals to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS).

IOC president Thomas Bach insisted that giving the CAS the final authority would increase transparency and consistency within the global anti-doping effort. 

Saturday's outcome will be seen by some as a victory for WADA, after its relationship with the IOC hit historic lows ahead of this summer's Rio Games. 

Some IOC leaders accused WADA of reacting too slowly to evidence that Russia was running a massive state-sponsored doping programme and questioned the agency's governance. 

But by maintaining its supervisory role in the global anti-doping fight and by leading the effort to forge a new testing authority, WADA has been assured a crucial role moving forward. 

(WION with inputs from AFP)

 

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