White House anti-doping summit calls for a reform as Athletes accuse WADA of bullying

White House anti-doping summit calls for a reform as Athletes accuse WADA of bullying

The emergency meeting in Washington hosted by The Office of National Drug Control Policy(ONDCP) and the United States anti-doping agency (Usada) , brought together athletes and anti-doping campaigners to discuss how the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has ‘failed’ them.

Several athletes including American runner Emma Coburn and British cyclist Callum Skinner commented on how ‘the very organisation that’s supposed to protect us…. had failed the athletes. It has bullied and disheartened athlete voices.’

Such claims come after many were against WADA lifting the ban on Russia’s anti-doping agency in September. Following the summit the delegates call for a number of changes to be made, such as a robust  independent inquiry to examine WADA’s culture, leadership, and operations following the recent allegations.

Usada Chief Executive stated "Athletes shouldn't have to shoulder the burden of fixing Wada but here they are, along with national anti-doping leaders, doing Wada's job for them,".

Athletes are hoping their voices will be heard and reformation will be put into action by the organisation to govern and operate in a respectful, accountable, democratic and transparent manner.

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