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Doping: Designated WADA boss wants to involve intelligence agencies more

2019-09-12T04:59:12.255Z

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Berlin (dpa) - In the global fight against doping in the future to help more intelligence agencies to expose fraudsters in the sport. "Unfortunately, Doper are very innovative," said WADA President-elect Witold Banka of the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung".

"We should make sure that doping fighters are just as innovative and have the means to implement that goal. It can not be done without money, without investigation and without cooperation with the secret services. Without all this we will not get the scammers, "said Banka.

Recently, "Operation Viribus", a concerted action by police authorities from 33 countries, had been judged to be a major hit against organized crime. However, the investigations were aimed more at recreational sports, WADA was involved in the preparation of the anti-doping raid in Europe, the US and Colombia. "This is my vision," said Banka. "Without investigations, without intelligence services, we can not improve the situation. Doping control today does not just mean checks and samples. We need covert investigations and experts for it. »

At the World Anti-Doping Agency's conference in early November, Banka, currently active as Polish Minister of Sport, will take over WigA's chairmanship from Craig Reedie. "I intend to be no longer a member of the government. You have to be independent, "he said. "Even if the rules did not dictate that, I would have decided so. To stay a minister would be the classic case of a conflict of interest. "

At the top of the WADA, Banka wants to intensify the dialogue with the athletes who had suffered the last time. WADA Athlete Commission Chair Beckie Scott had raised bullying charges that had defeated a controversial investigative report in May. "One of the weaknesses of WADA, which has also shown the Russian crisis, was the lack of communication with athletes," said Banka. "My challenge is to prove that WADA is there for the athletes. (...) We all have the same goal: clean up the sport, remove scammers from the sport. "

To achieve this, Banka encourages the creation of an "Anti-Doping Solidarity Fund". The money should come, among other things, from major sponsors. "It will be one of my great tasks to speak with them and with the public sector and encourage them to do more for clean sport," said Banka, who said: "We will not fully eradicate doping from the sport just as everyday crimes can not be eliminated. There will always be someone who wants to cheat us. But thanks to a greater commitment we can limit this phenomenon. Efforts are our duty. »

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Source: zeit

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