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  • Potential WADA, Federations Showdown


    05/12/08

    John Fahey said WADA will help the organizations not in compliance with the WADA Code get up to speed. (Getty Images)  
    (ATR) The leader in the worldwide fight against doping said that "several organizations" were not in compliance with the WADA Code, giving them four months to come up to speed. This weekend’s meetings were the first Fahey has led since his election to the Presidency last November.

    Speaking to reporters by teleconference after the WADA Foundation and Executive Board met over the weekend, John Fahey would not name which organizations were not in compliance but said "the deadline is in November" to meet the organization’s standards.

    He declined to say which organizations specifically needed help but said “clearly there are a lot of countries that still have some work to do but we will do our best to assist them in that work.” He added it "doesn’t matter" who is not in compliance now saying he was concerned with the November deadline.

    Organizations that are not in full compliance can be turned over to the WADA stakeholders for appropriate punishment. Severe cases of countries failing to meet the criteria set forth by WADA could face IOC sanctions, including banishment from the Olympics.

    Fahey said WADA’s goal was "full compliance" from all stakeholders to the Code.

    Fahey also said that WADA would attempt to recoup the money spent defending an appeal by cyclist Floyd Landis over his positive drug test in the 2006 Tour de France.

    If Landis loses the appeal, Fahey said "the
    Cyclist Floyd Landis has already lost his Yellow Jersey from the 2006 Tour de France, he could lose $1.3 million if WADA attempts to recover costs incurred prosecuting him. (Getty Images)  
    normal process for costs and proceedings will be followed" to recover the legal costs incurred by WADA.

    "Clearly the decision has to be made and I understand that is not too far away but of course it is a matter for the tribunal of the Court of Arbitration for Sport to when they release the decision.

    "In the broader sense we have arranged to meet with the head of Court of Arbitration for Sport to cover a number of matters with him.
     


    "The figure I keep being told is $1.3 million dollars that is what has been spent." WADA’s annual budget is $26 million.

    The meeting of WADA leaders also discussed a new investigation strategy in the fight against doping. Fahey said the strategy "is based on the recognition that doping controls don’t catch all the cheats."

    WADA met in April to lay out the ground work for the strategy and hopes to have an agreement with Interpol, the international police agency, to stop trafficking of performance enhancing drugs.

    Fahey also stressed the need for biological passports to ensure athletes don’t dope. The WADA board reauthorized the use of the passports.

    Fahey dismissed the passport program being used by the International Cycling Union as a "pilot program" which WADA no longer supports. A rift has opened between WADA and UCI as a result of the lawsuit filed by the federation against ex-WADA President Richard Pound.

    Fahey says that Beijing organizers are "in an advanced state of preparedness for the Games" and he supports the work being done to prevent doping at the Games.

    Written by Ed Hula III.

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