IOC requests independent drug testing outside sports federations

the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) take over all sports drug testing as an independent agency, in an attempt to bring credibility to drug testing in athletics. It would be a huge undertaking for the WADA, but having an independent organization conduct drug-screening tests could improve fairness when it comes to Olympic drug testing. WADA does not currently conduct its own drug tests; rather, it works with contracted laboratories to monitor samples. It is not currently expected that this format would change by adding more responsibility to WADA’s plate. This proposal comes on the heels of allegations that some countries covered up athletes’ use of performance-enhancing drugs during recent years’ Olympics, particularly in the track and field events. WADA and IOC officials are expected to discuss this proposal further at a meeting on Nov. 17. WADA President and IOC VP Craig Reedie refused to comment or speculate as to the outcome of the proposal, should WADA decide to fully take over drug testing. WADA is not expected to provide an answer by the November meeting, as the Canadian agency is expected to conduct a study and report on the potential results of independent drug testing for sports federations over an unspecified time period. The IOC’s proposal would give WADA control over the testing, but disciplinary action for those who use performance-enhancing drugs would remain with the sports federations.]]>

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