WADA to investigate athletes coached by banned Salazar

Pablo Tucker
November 7, 2019

This Sunday, on November 10, WADA will be celebrating the 20-year anniversary since its foundation.

WADA has been struggling with a vast Russian doping scandal for more than four years in a process that has required considerable funds. The overarching goal of the ITA is to make anti-doping testing independent from sports organisations.

"Each of us who have taken a careful look at WADA's budget knows that it is not in proportion with the expectations raised for the organisation", he told delegates at the opening session of the fifth World Conference on Doping in Sport here today. "Confirmation of that unprecedented level of cheating left the sports world in no doubt of the scale of the job facing WADA and has re-awakened all stakeholders to the importance of sports integrity".

The World Anti-Doping Agency has confirmed it will investigate the athletes who worked under Sir Mo Farah's disgraced former coach Alberto Salazar. "By imposing these conditions, we have now gained access to the data and samples contained within the Moscow Laboratory that was, for so long, out of reach". WADA negotiated to receive the data so it could pursue cases stemming from the country's elaborate cheating scheme at the Sochi Olympics and other major events.

"Evidence - uncovered by WADA - that a portion of the data may have been manipulated is still being investigated and sparked a fresh compliance procedure being brought by WADA in September this year against RUSADA", Reedie said.

Russian Federation handed over data from its Moscow laboratory in January as a condition of its reintegration into the sporting fold after a three-year suspension for a state-sponsored doping programme.

"We have been working with Usada on their investigation into the Nike Oregon Project and will work with Wada on their investigation if there is any evidence that relates to athletes or athlete support personnel under our jurisdiction", Sapstead said in a statement released to BBC Sport.

Reedie, who will step down as Wada president at the end of the year, said the delay was preventing the prosecution of several hundred athletes involved in the Russian doping scandal.

Reedie did not say when a decision on the matter would be taken.

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