IOC proposes new path in the anti-doping fight

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PyeongChang (RWH) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) wants to explore new avenues in the fight against doping. In PyeongChang (KOR), the IOC Executive Board published a twelve point plan which calls for a more robust and independent global anti-doping system to protect clean athletes

In its declaration, the IOC proposes to make WADA independent of sporting associations and government interests, and to create an Independent Testing Authority (ITA). In future, this new institution shall  be responsible for the testing procedure in collaboration with international professional bodies. The implementation of international tests is the responsibility of the National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs); the ITA will be responsible solely for supervision.

According to the IOC proposals, a minimum number of anti-doping tests must be a prerequisite for participation in World Championships and Olympic Winter Games in the future. As it outlines in its declaration, the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne – which is independent of sporting associations – should then determine the sanction both in proven cases of doping and when the anti-doping code has been breached by code signatories, including sporting associations, event organisers, NADOs doping laboratories and others.