Paris - Authorities meet on Tuesday to strike an agreement on who will take
over from the current head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Craig Reedie
as the body faces intense scrutiny over the Russian doping scandal.
The 78-year-old Reedie, who leads a body criticised for lifting
sanctions on Russia in September, steps down in December but the public
authorities group meet in Montreal to pick their nominee to be WADA's
WADA rotates its presidency between representatives from the
international sports bodies (the International Olympic Committee and
federations) and governments.
After Reedie's two terms it is now the turn of the member states to
agree on a new chief, who will be formerly crowned at the WADA congress
in Katowice in November.
Delegates will have to pick between Poland's Sports Minister Witold
Banka, who comfortably beat current WADA vice-president Linda Helleland
as Europe's candidate in January, and Domenican Marcos Diaz, a WADA
executive committee member.
Should no agreement be struck, a vote will be organised, with each
continent given a set number of votes: five for Europe, four for
America, four for Asia, three for Africa, two for Oceania.
The 41-year-old Helleland was the pick of the western nations,
chiefly the United States, as a strong critic of what she sees as WADA's
weaknesses towards Moscow and its lack of independence from the IOC.
Graeme Steele, head of the Institute of National Anti-Doping
Organisations (INADO), said that the "scope of the debate has been
narrower" since Helleland was seen off, with Steele saying Banka and
Diaz offer less "radical" agendas.
Diaz wants to increase the number of representatives from countries he feels have less of a say in decisions than they should.
Meanwhile Banka wants to establish solidarity fund for the National
Anti-Doping Organisations, in particular for countries where there is no
This is the last time that the WADA head will be appointed on the
principle of rotation between representatives of sports bodies and
governments, with an independent president coming in from the start of
the next mandate, in 2022.