Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
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No point in WADA looking into Salazar athletes - USADA's Tygart

No point in WADA looking into Salazar athletes - USADA's Tygart

The WADA Executive Committee reinstated the compliance status of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) on September 20, 2018 on condition that before December 31, 2018 WADA experts would be granted access to doping samples at the Moscow Anti-Doping Lab, which was sealed off in connection with a federal investigation. "I do not see his term in office as a Wada success story", at least.

"That will be one of the biggest tasks: to convince the big companies to join the Olympic anti-doping solidarity fund", he added. "We need to convince our biggest partners that if you're a sponsor of sport, you should be a sponsor of clean sport". This is why I would like to congratulate the incoming president of WADA, Witold Banka, and the incoming vice-president, Yang Yang.

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.

Thomas Bach said on Tuesday that the new doping testing method - Dried Blood Spots (DBS) - will be introduced no later than by the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.

"The athlete is not the only culprit", he said.

Mo Farah and other athletes who trained under Alberto Salazar are to be investigated by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Together we can send a strong signal from Katowice to the athletes of the world and to the general public: "a signal of determination, a signal of cooperation, a signal of credibility", said the German.

The verdict resulted in Salazar's Nike Oregon Project being shut down, though the 61-year-old stated he will appeal his four-year ban.

Banka will formally be elected to replace Craig Reedie later this week at WADA's board meeting.

"It is currently being used to bring more cheats to justice with dozens of cases now proceeding through the various judicial channels", the WADA chief stressed.

Russian Federation is now answering questions about manipulation of the data from its Moscow laboratory that is being used to prosecute dozens of doping cases. In today's world, where perception is unfortunately so often becoming reality, it is more important than ever to avoid even the perception of a conflict of interest.

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