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Helleland targets Wada presidency

Linda Helleland has confirmed she will put herself forward to become the next president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).

Helleland, who was elected as a Wada vice-president in late 2016, is Norway’s Minister of Children and Equality.

She told UK public-service broadcaster the BBC that there was a “need for change” at Wada, with the organisation’s approach to anti-doping measures needing “more transparency, more diversity and more gender equality”.

If elected, the 40-year-old would become the organisation’s first female leader, with Craig Reedie’s tenure as Wada president expiring in November 2019.

However, it is expected that the International Olympic Committee will support a rival challenger for the role after Helleland criticised the body for its handling of the Russian doping scandal.

Earlier this month, Helleland’s proposal for an audit of the scandal was rejected by Wada’s executive committee following criticism from Olympic officials.

The Wada presidency rotates between appointments from the Olympic movement and governments, with Wada’s work jointly funded by both areas of administration.

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