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International Olympic Committee pledges $10 million to anti-doping fight

07 November 2019

Speaking at the World Conference on doping in sport, Reedie said the Russian doping affair that emerged ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and saw the involvement of a vast number of athletes, coaches and officials was the biggest challenge WADA had faced in its 20-year existence.

On the World Conference on Doping in Sport, which started on Tuesday, the specialists discuss the fight against using forbidden substances in sport.

Half of WADA's budget of about $40 million a year comes from the Olympic movement, and the IOC's injection of another $10 million contribution is significant. We have delivered on this. "We need to find some alternative solutions how we can increase the budget for anti-doping", said the 35-year-old Banka, a former European junior 400m champion. "It was surprising", Tygart told Reuters on the sidelines of a world conference on doping in sport organised by WADA.

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"I invite all of you here today to join hands so that together we can accomplish the mission of WADA".

Chair of the WADA Compliance Review Committee Jonathan Taylor told TASS a few weeks ago that a decision on the expediency of imposing sanctions on RUSADA may be made at an extraordinary session of the WADA Executive Committee, which will take place after November 7 already under the organization's new president. To be more precise: it is all about the clean athletes.

He said: "I am not the Christopher Columbus of anti-doping policy".

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"This is because we understand that athletes do not live and train in isolation; they are part of the entourage".

The head of International Olympic Committee also said about the Dried Blood Sport (DBS) method as a one of the promising collective research project. "This DBS method could very well revolutionise the anti-doping fight, since it will allow for the fast, simple and cost-effective collection of samples that can be easily and cheaply transported and stored", Bach noted. "This is a collaborative project between WADA, the IOC, the International Testing Agency, as well as several National Anti-Doping Organisations, including the United States, China, Japan, Switzerland and Australia", the German continued his speech.

That could bring with it the possibility of Russians being left out of the Tokyo Olympics - a result that would be, in Ganus' words, a "tragedy".

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International Olympic Committee pledges $10 million to anti-doping fight