Anti-doping officials call IOC declaration insufficient

first_imgThe umbrella organisation representing national anti-doping agencies (iNADO) has complained about “troubling omissions” in the IOC’s latest proposal to catch and sanction cheating athletes.INADO said the declaration produced by the IOC after a meeting of world sports leaders on Saturday had failed to directly mention the issue of state-sponsored doping in Russia or condemn cyber attacks by the so-called Fancy Bears group.The IOC promised more power and funding to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), following the meeting held behind closed doors in Lausanne. (Russian doping controversy: Is the Cold War back?)It proposed that testing of athletes should be carried out by a new agency within the WADA framework, while sanctions would be decided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). WADA itself must now decide whether to approve and implement the measures.INADO, which represents the national anti-doping agencies of 59 countries, said that the IOC’s five-page declaration included some “constructive principles” but these had been overshadowed by the failings.”The IOC’s track record since the release of the McLaren Report has only confounded the global anti-doping system,” said iNADO’s chief executive Joseph de Pencier.”With this latest declaration, the IOC only comes part way to restoring its credibility for the clean athletes of the world.” (Russia stripped of two Beijing Olympic medals for doping)The McLaren report was one of two commissioned by WADA in the last year which revealed widespread state-sponsored doping in Russian sport.”There is nothing explicit about state-sponsored doping in Russia, or about the moral responsibility of the IOC to push Russian sport and sport leaders to necessary cultural change in that country for genuinely protecting clean sport,” said iNADO.advertisementThere was also “nothing acknowledging the findings of the McLaren report as demonstrable facts and not mere allegations,” it added.It also said that there was “nothing deploring the Fancy Bear cyber-attacks (which, of course, started against the IOC’s Rio ADAMS account and not against WADA) and the illegal abuse of the privacy of clean athletes.”The private medical data of more than 100 athletes have been published by the hackers. (Cyber hackers publish medical data for Mo Farah, Rafael Nadal and Justin Rose)INADO also expressed doubts about the proposal for testing to be carried out within the WADA framework. “It would be a clear conflict of interest for WADA to do so and then regulate its own operations,” it said.However, it welcomed proposals to make anti-doping more independent, improve support for whistleblowers and standardise testing.”The IOC has taken some steps in the right direction but other steps are needed urgently,” it said.”If, as expected, the second report from Professor Richard McLaren details considerably more conclusive evidence of the corruption of Russian anti-doping, then it will be even clearer that the IOC has much more to do to protect clean athletes.”last_img read more

Touch Football Victoria Announces New Director of Referees

first_imgSally brings with her a wealth of knowledge and the ability to work with referees, players and administrators at all levels within the sport. Sally’s appointment is the first in TFV’s plans to redevelop a number of its Technical Panels over the next six months. Sally replaces Leigh Bryant who has been the TFV Director of Referees for the past two years. TFV would like to take this opportunity to thank Leigh and his previous panel members for their dedicated work over this period. Leigh will still remain involved in the sport to referee and help develop new referees at the grassroots level within our competitions.Over the next month, Sally will be working with the State Executive Council (SEC), the TFV office and participants within the sport to develop a Referees Panel for the next two years. This panel will be developed in line with the National Framework, with five key areas to develop the sport. Sally will be working with the National Referees Panel under the guidance of Greg West to improve the quality of our referees and help deliver referee retention and recruitment programs in Victoria.After forming the TFV Referees Panel, Sally will be spending time within the Touch community to canvas information that will help take the sport to the next level within the State. The advisement provided by Sally and the newly formed TFV Referees Panel will be instrumental to the growth and support of Touch in Victoria.last_img read more