WADA approves reforms to improve athlete representation

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PARIS, Nov 25 (Reuters) – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Thursday authorised reforms designed to give athletes extra representation within the organisation’s decision-making course of.

At its two-day board assembly, WADA determined to reform its athletes council whose 20 members will now be elected straight by sports professionals.

The transfer got here after athletes from a lot of sports world wide stated they weren’t represented sufficiently on the company.

“It was great that all stakeholders support this movement and governments of the world were fully supportive of this governance reform,” WADA President Witold Banka instructed a news convention after the assembly in Paris.

A pilot ombudsman scheme may even be put in place to higher advise athletes on doping-related points, the company stated, including that it additionally plans to create an ethics board and to put extra money into scientific analysis.

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Reporting by Clotaire Achi, writing by Tassilo Hummel, modifying by Ed Osmond

A woman walks into the head office of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada November 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Christinne Muschi/File Photo/File Photo

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