USOC anti-doping paper calls for WADA independence

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 10, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Olympic Committee has released an anti-doping position paper, calling for greater independence of the World Anti-Doping Agency, including barring those involved in governance at the International Olympic Committee from serving in similar roles at WADA.

WADA president Craig Reedie is an IOC member, which has led some to question whether he should handle both roles.

The USOC also calls for beefed-up funding for WADA and giving WADA the authority to suspend international sports federations, national Olympic committees and national anti-doping agencies.

The USOC released the paper Friday, a day after U.S. Anti-Doping Agency leaders met with the board.

Many of the USOC positions were in line with those of USADA CEO Travis Tygart , who has been critical of the way the IOC and WADA have handled the Russian doping scandal.

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