WADA to ask commercial sponsors for money in anti-doping fight

Incoming WADA President President Witold Bańka has warned more money needs to be raised if the fight against anti-doping is to be effective

WADA confirm they will investigate athletes who worked under disgraced former coach Alberto Salazar

Formed with good intentions, the World Anti-Doping Agency finds itself at a crossroads as it celebrates its 20th anniversary at a conference this week in Poland.

He said the level of cheating was "unprecedented", leaving WADA under mounting pressure to work for all clean athletes as the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) was declared non-compliant. An average football club has a bigger budget.

"Each of us who have taken a careful look at WADA's budget knows that it is not in proportion with the expectations raised for the organisation", he told delegates at the opening session of the fifth World Conference on Doping in Sport here today.

"This would greatly add to the deterrence factor, in particular combined with" new testing methods that have been developed over the past few years, Bach said.

"By putting the focus more on the entourage, by holding everybody implicated in a doping case accountable in a robust and deterrent way, and by close cooperation between all anti-doping stakeholders, we can take a major step forward to strengthen justice and credibility for the protection of the clean athletes and to drain the doping swamp".

"The clear question is did any of the allegations concerning Salazar and his operations result in athletes cheating themselves, which might have influenced their performance and might have involved the winning of competitions", Wada president Sir Craig Reedie told BBC Sport.

Bach cited state-doping in Russian Federation, the Aderlass blood-doping Operation and the scandal-hit Nike Oregon Project as all highlighting the "urgent need to focus much more on the athletes' entourage". A decision on the fate of the country's anti-doping agency is expected next month.

"This is because we understand that athletes do not live and train in isolation; they are part of the entourage".

Specialists from WADA were granted access to the database of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory in January this year and copied 24 terabytes of information on Russian athletes' doping samples collected between 2012 and 2015. "We've been in this crisis for five years now, and that crisis is unfortunately becoming even worse and deeper now".

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