IOC calls on WADA to create new drug testing body

A closed-doors meeting chaired by IOC President Thomas Bach was discussing Saturday the role of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

By: AP | Lausanne (switzerland) | Updated: October 8, 2016 7:57 pm
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Olympic leaders have asked the World Anti-Doping Agency to oversee a global system for tackling drug cheats with an independent body testing athletes and more powers to punish failing organizations.

The IOC says it upheld WADA’s role, after months of strained relations amid fallout from the agency’s call to ban Russia from the Rio de Janeiro Games because of state-backed doping.

The IOC hosted a meeting of world sports leaders Saturday to call for a “more robust, more efficient, more transparent and more harmonized” anti-doping system, and more finance for WADA under the reforms.

WADA President Craig Reedie says he expects to get “substantial additional powers.”

Reedie tells reporters a new testing authority could operate at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

WADA will discuss the proposals at Nov. 19-20 meetings in Glasgow, Scotland.