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  • Next WADA President Seeks Expert Help


    (ATR) Witold Banka, designated president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), wants to rely more on the help of secret services in the fight against doping.
    Witold Banka and Craig Reedie in Montreal in May (ATR)

    "This is the future. We need cooperation, investigations, experts to conduct investigations," said the 34-year-old Pole to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

    Dopers are "unfortunately very innovative", Banka said in explaining his initiative. "We should ensure that doping fighters are just as innovative and have the means to achieve this goal. This cannot happen without money, without investigations and without cooperation with the secret services. Without all that, we will not get the scammers."

    Banka, just a decade after he last ran in the Olympics, will become the youngest president in the 20-year history of WADA when he is appointed in November at the World Conference on Doping in Sport in Katowice, Poland.

    He stressed his independence in performing his duties as the new WADA boss.

    "I am the future president of WADA and I am independent. It is not my goal to become an IOC member," he said. Banka also announced his resignation as Polish Minister of Sport due to possible conflicts of interest.

    WADA President Craig Reedie, whose term in office runs until the end of the year, was severely criticized, particularly in the wake of the Russian doping scandal. He was accused of conflicts of interest because he is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

    Since being nominated for WADA president in Montreal in May, Banka has been shadowing Reedie to help the transition to the new regime.

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    Written by Heinz Peter Kreuzer

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