WADA to consider drug-testing responsibility

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will consider taking responsibility for drug-testing in sport in light of a recent ‘Olympic Summit’ meeting which raised the proposal.

Attendees of the meeting, which included members of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) rule-making executive board, and leaders of international federations and National Olympic Committees (NOCs), agreed that drug-testing should no longer be the responsibility of individual sports organisations. Instead, the attendees agreed, drug-testing should be carried out by WADA, an independent agency.

In a statement proposed in light of Saturday’s meeting, the IOC said: “The Summit requested WADA to study 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.”

WADA has agreed to raise the issue at the agency’s executive committee and foundation board meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado next month.

Craig Reedie (pictured), president of WADA and an IOC vice-president, told the Associated Press news agency: “I was there as a member of the Olympic Summit, and was asked if WADA would consider taking on that responsibility. I said, ‘Yes, we will take the suggestion to the executive committee in November'.”

Should WADA agree to the proposal, it would represent a substantial change in the agency's funding. Any money that individual sports federations had set aside for testing would have to be given to the agency.

The IOC’s proposal suggests WADA only handle the testing. The individual federations would continue to carry out any disciplinary procedures and sanctioning.