Olympics: IOC backs new drug testing body

Some IOC leaders have accused WADA of reacting too slowly to evidence that Russia was running a massive state-sponsored doping programme
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This withdraws drug control duties from international sports federations

An Olympic summit on Saturday asked the World Anti-Doping Agency to set up a new testing body, withdrawing drug control duties from international sports federations.

The International Olympic Committee made the proposal at a high-level summit, with the measures due to be considered at a WADA meeting next month. 

IOC brass called for "a new anti-doping testing authority within the framework of WADA to be established." 

It further said it wanted "to make anti-doping testing independent from sports organisations."

WADA will remain in control of regulatory and compliance in the anti-doping fight but the new testing body will have responsibility for testing athletes, the statement said.  

The new body will also have "intelligence and investigation" capabilities, the IOC added. 


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