Los Angeles - The World Anti-Doping Agency
(WADA) is expected to rule against Russia's anti-doping body at a key meeting
in Colorado on Wednesday which will aim to map out future strategies for the
global war on drugs.
WADA's hierarchy meets to assess the
findings of its independent panel, which uncovered a wide-ranging
state-supported doping program in Russia that has plunged athletics into the
biggest crisis in its history.
The IAAF on Friday provisionally suspended
Russian athletes from international competition, potentially putting their
participation at next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics in jeopardy.
WADA's executive committee will meet in
Colorado Springs, outside Denver on Tuesday before a full meeting of the
agency's foundation board on Wednesday, where officials are expected to rule
that Russia's anti-doping body (RUSADA) has been non-compliant with its code.
The board will also consider a range of
recommendations made by the independent panel to strengthen WADA.
The global anti-doping body had already
suspended Moscow's main drug-testing laboratory, whose director resigned last
WADA president Craig Reedie said in a
statement on Friday the current scandal represented the "tip of the
iceberg" and that a new approach was needed to keep drugs cheats firmly on
"To truly tackle the scourge of
doping, the anti-doping community must further improve the approach that has
been employed to date; and, above all, the resources that are attributed to
it," he said.
Reedie said while WADA had "punched
above its weight" in the first 16 years of its existence, there was broad
recognition that the body required greater resources to tackle doping
WADA obtains its funding equally from the
International Olympic Committee and state governments around the world.
However the level of annual funding - around $26.8 million in 2015 - has remained largely flat over the past decade,
barely keeping pace with inflation and leaving WADA struggling to keep up.
WADA director general David Howman has
repeatedly complained that funding has failed to reflect the vast amounts of
cash pumped into all sports over the past decade, and recently contrasted the
rise in salaries paid to top footballers over the same period.
"When I started at WADA, Wayne Rooney
was being paid $4 million a year by Manchester United," Howman told the
BBC in an interview.
"He's now being paid something like
$30 million. We were getting $20m when he first started, we're now getting
$30m. Sport is saying to us 'Your money should be increased' but they are not
doing it in the same proportion."
As well as the funding issue, WADA
officials this week will also discuss ways of strengthening its international
investigations unit and improving the system set up to encourage whistle-blowers.
The independent panel last week recommended
that greater protection needed to be offered to anonymous sources that may be
willing to come forward.
The panel also took aim at the
"inherent conflicts of interest" that existed between WADA's
Executive Committee and larger Foundation Board, which includes many government
The panel recommended WADA consider setting
up a separate disciplinary body with the power to make rulings on