The IOC promises $ 10 million for the anti-doping fight

KATOWICE: The incoming leader of the World Anti-Doping Agency He asked for more money. the International Olympic Committee said yes

IOC President Thomas Bach He promised $ 10 million to combat doping in sports, half of which would go to storing pre-Olympic test samples for 10 years and the other half for research and research.

It was a fitting entree for Witold Banka, the incoming President of WADA who, after taking the stage following Bach's presentation at a world anti-doping conference Tuesday, promised he would not tolerate cheating or manipulations.

The new future of anti-doping begins today, said Banka.

He then called on sports leaders, governments and private companies to contribute to a cause he described as lacking funds.

It's ridiculous that an organization with the status of a global regulator has a budget of less than $ 40 million, Banka said. An average football club has a bigger budget.

We need to convince our most important partners that if you are a sport sponsor, you should be a clean sport sponsor.

Half of WADA's budget of about $40 million a year comes from the Olympic movement, and the IOC 's injection of another $10 million contribution is significant.

He has already re-analyzed hundreds of samples from the Beijing and London Olympic Games that have resulted in at least 123 positive tests. Bach said it will cost about $ 5 million to build similar storage for pre-test samples.

This would greatly add to the deterrence factor, in particular combined with new test methods that have been developed in recent years, Bach said.

Banka will be formally chosen to replace Craig reedie later this week at the AMA board meeting.

It will be under the microscope, as WADA deals with a continuous case involving Russian traps.

Russia He is currently answering questions about the manipulation of data from his Moscow laboratory that is being used to process dozens of doping cases. A decision on the fate of the country's anti-doping agency is expected next month.

"We can't keep our athletes in this situation for such a long period of time," said Yuri Ganus, the head of Russia 's anti-doping agency. "We've been in this crisis for five years now, and that crisis is unfortunately becoming even worse and deeper now."