Interview: After the controversy surrounding Russian state doping, WADA and iNADO have decided to look ahead. But according to the new iNADO chairman, Michael Ask, the powers of sport leaders and politicians in WADA are still causing suspicion of conflicts of interest. He calls for a separation of powers which should also apply to the Court of Arbitration in Sport.
Experts from the news media, anti-doping agencies, researchers, governments, and other stakeholders will discuss how to strengthen the sector’s governance the day before WADA opens its World Conference in Katowice, Poland.
The CEO of iNADO, Graeme Steel, says that a new study on scientific integrity in anti-doping by Roger Pielke Jr. and Erik Boye raises many valid questions with respect to the current anti-doping regime, but he also has some critical viewpoints.
A new research paper launches critique of the current anti-doping system and calls the regulation under WADA ‘arbitrary and too often not grounded in a solid foundation of evidence’. But while scientific rigor and robustness are of primary importance to WADA, there is more to managing an anti-doping case than science, says WADA, commenting on the critique.
There is an old saying that doping is an intelligence test – only the stupid get caught. This might be so, but we should also question the intelligence of followers and fans of sports every time they get surprised when new doping scandals occur.
The world of sport is better off with WADA in it than without it, says former WADA president Dick Pound in an interview with Danish newspaper, looking back at achievements and disappointments from the first 20 years of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
WADA has decided to maintain RUSADA compliance in spite of the Russian anti-doping agency failing to meet the deadline for providing access to the Moscow lab data. Observers urge that focus be kept on Russian compliance.
WADA has announced that the data, that its expert group went to Russia to obtain, has been retrieved. The data from the Moscow lab will now be brought to WADA’s HQ in Montreal, Canada, for authentication.