iNADO Unhappy About IOC’s New Proposal To Curb Doping

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Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) doesn’t seem to be happy about International Olympic Association’s (IOC) latest proposal to catch and sanction athletes. iNADO, which is an umbrella organization representing national anti-doping agencies, is unhappy about the “troubling omissions” in the IOC latest proposal to curb doping.

According to iNADO the declaration by IOC which emanated from a meeting between sports leaders on Saturday is unsuccessful in directly addressing the issue of state-sponsored doping in Russia. Neither, according to iNADO, has the declaration been able to condemn the hacking episode of Fancy Bears.

In this  meeting which the IOC had behind closed doors in Lausanne with world sports leaders, IOC vouched to give more power and funds to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to curb the menace of doping.

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The new proposal is to create a new agency within the WADA framework which will be entrusted with the work of testing the athletes. The sanctions will, however, be decided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). According to the proposals, the onus is now on WADA to decide whether to approve and implement the measures.

iNADO, while elaborating on this new proposal by IOC, said that the proposal did contain some “constructive principles” but the positives have been overshadowed by the negatives pointed out by them.

iNADO’s boss Joseph de Pencier said the IOC’s stand since the release of McLaren report, has been bewildering for the global anti-doping system. According to Pencier IOC with its new declaration has only partially been able to assert its credibility as a body to curb doping in sports.

This McLaren report mentioned by the iNADO Chief which was commissioned by WADA last year was instrumental in disclosing widespread state-sponsored doping in Russian sporting world. This, in turn, had created a huge uproar in the world of sports.

iNADO, commenting on the IOC report, said that the report didn’t have anything in specific about state-sponsored doping in the Russian sports. Nor, according to iNADO, has this report hinted at any moral responsibility on the part of IOC to compel the Russian sports and sporting officials to go for the “necessary cultural change in that country for genuinely protecting clean sport”

iNADO further added that the IOC report does not clearly say that the findings in the McLaren report are supported by facts and are not mere allegations. iNADO also expressed its serious reservations about the latest proposal by IOC to create a new agency within the WADA framework to test athletes for doping. According to iNADO this would be a clear case of “conflict of interest” for WADA.

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