3rd July 2020

iNADO supports calls to strengthen WADA Governance

iNADO joins the call of the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to WADA to reaffirm its commitment to Good Governance practices and become a more independent organisation to strengthen its ability to protect its most important stakeholders: clean athletes. For iNADO, the essence of the ONDCP report is the call for further improvements to WADA Governance. Two proposals of the document are essential to achieve this: more independent members in WADA governance and more participation of athletes in decision making processes.

Since 2016, a group of leading NADOs and iNADO have called for WADA to embrace good governance practices detailed in the Copenhagen Reform Proposals. The intention of the reform proposals is to strengthen WADA, the global regulator in anti-doping, by becoming an independent and transparent organisation that continuously and reliably works to adopt best governance practices.

WADA has made positive steps in this direction. iNADO acknowledges and applauds this. However, by decisively removing further potential conflicts of interest within its governance structure, the organization will increase its credibility in the eyes of the athlete.

Confidence in WADA’s ability to be a strong protector of the clean athlete has been severely affected in recent years and greater efforts need to be made to rebuild trust with the athlete community. By promoting more transparency in all spheres of the organization and opening itself to the athlete voice WADA will be better positioned to stand “shoulder to shoulder” with athletes to achieve the common goal of clean sport. National Anti-Doping Organisations need an effective and trusted WADA and iNADO will support efforts to move in in this direction.

Jorge Leyva

• This media release was published by the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) on 3 July 2020. Click here for the original.

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