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

Katie Ramirez
November 7, 2019

"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.

"The new future of anti-doping starts today", Banka, a former sprinter who helped Poland win a bronze medal in the 4x400 meters relay at the 2007 World Championships, told the Katowice conference.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach pledged $10 million to fight doping in sports, half of which would go toward storing samples from pre-Olympics testing for 10 years and the other half toward investigations and research.

Salazar, the former coach of Britain's Mo Farah, was found guilty of doping violations after a four-year investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency.

"It is ridiculous that an organisation with the status of a global regulator has a budget of less than $40 million. We need to convince our biggest partners that if you're a sponsor of sport, you should be a sponsor of clean sport".

He added that the financial contribution from sport's combined stakeholders is estimated at $260 million during the four-year Olympic cycle.

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.

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Bach cited state-doping in Russian Federation, the Aderlass blood-doping Operation and the scandal-hit Nike Oregon Project as all highlighting the "urgent need to focus much more on the athletes' entourage".

The head of Russia's rebuilt anti-doping agency pleaded with President Vladimir Putin for support as the country moves closer to a possible ban from next year's Olympics.

"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.

"We can not keep raising contributions".

"What they (WADA) would have learned is that we left no stone unturned (in relation to any athletes)", he said. "We have to change the people who realized this approach because now Russian sport is in the fifth year of the doping crisis".

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