Former antagonists WADA and iNADO build bridges
Various - 24 Jun 2019
The World Anti-Doping Agency appears to have built bridges with its former antagonist the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations following a meeting between the two last week in which “key areas of focus” were identified to strengthen their relationship.
These included, WADA said:
• “A commitment to further developing a collaborative partnership in all areas of clean sport.
• “Working together to enhance anti-doping programmes globally, with a focus on smaller, less-resourced countries through NADOs and Regional Anti-Doping Organisations (RADOs).
• “Ensuring strong NADO representation on WADA standing committees, as outlined in the WADA governance reforms agreed in November 2018.”
WADA and iNADO clashed repeatedly over WADA’s handling of the Russian doping scandal, with the often-outspoken iNADO most recently claiming that it was “dismayed” over WADA’s proposed reinstatement of RUSADA, the Russian anti-doping agency, and describing the move as “hastily-prepared.”
However, in a statement following last week’s meeting, convened “to discuss ways to enhance the collaboration between the two organisations for the benefit of clean sport,” Michael Ask, iNADO’s chair, said: “iNADO is completely supportive of the work WADA does, primarily through the excellent contributions of its hard-working staff in developing practical programmes to support clean athletes and clean sport.
“I am very pleased that WADA wants to engage further with iNADO. We all seek to enhance the level of anti-doping work worldwide and it makes a lot of sense that we use our resources collaboratively to make that happen.”
Craig Reedie, WADA’s president, said: “WADA relies on the expertise of and collaboration with a range of partners in leading the worldwide movement for doping-free sport and NADOs are at the heart of this mission.
“As we commit to ensuring that the NADOs are more strongly represented within WADA, we will also be working hard to reinforce our relationship by sharing resources and collaborating on important anti-doping initiatives. Put simply, a good and effective partnership between WADA and iNADO benefits both organizations as well as the wider clean sport movement.”