Lausanne - A new anti-doping programme independent of
international federations is to be up and running by the 2018 Winter Olympics,
the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said at the conclusion of
its executive committee meeting on Thursday.
Under the new programme, tests are to be carried out only by the
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and sanctions given only by the Court of
Arbitration for Sport.
Presently each country has its own anti-doping agency but
the IOC is reacting after a systematic programme of doping and cover-ups
was found in Russian athletics, which led to Russia being suspended by
athletics governing body IAAF.
Additionally the new anti-doping unit should possess a
"professional intelligence gathering unit" which "would allow
WADA to be proactive," the IOC said.
It is not clear how long the change from the existing anti-doping
programme will take but the IOC has set the 2018 Winter Games in
Pyeongchang as a target.
The three-day executive committee meeting in Lausanne also agreed
the IOC would launch an independent audit of money it provided to sports
"Recent incidents have shown that, in the interest of the
credibility of all sports organisations immediate action to reinforce good
governance is necessary," the IOC said.
The IAAF and world football governing body FIFA are currently
engulfed by various corruption affairs."