The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had demanded the power to ban countries from international competition if they are judged to have promoted systematic doping in sport.
These demands come in light of recent Russian doping scandals, where the IOC refused WADA‘s request to ban Russia from the Rio de Janerio Olympics after two reports implicated senior government officials of systematic doping. WADA currently has no authority to ban countries from competition — they can only recommend what they believe the appropriate course of action should be to bodies like the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
At a meeting on Sunday, a proposal will be made calling for the body to be given “graded sanction powers”, allowing it to impose punishments from warnings and fines, to exclusion. In addition, a policy to encourage whistle-blowers will be proposed after WADA faced criticism that they did not do enough to support the couple who blew open the Russian scandal.
The meeting will also announce that Brazil’s anti-doping agency has been declared “non-compliant” after it was revealed in August that it stopped testing top Brazilian athletes in the month before the Olympics.
WADA’s demand is likely to cause a dispute with the IOC again– IOC president, Thomas Bach, has insisted that he does not support “the prosecutor also being the judge”.
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