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Volume: 15 Issue: 3
(March 2017)

elephant(s room anti-doping system broken under-empowered under-funded stakeholders richard w pound qc founding chairman world anti-doping agency

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The Elephant(s) in the room

The anti-doping system is not broken: it is under-empowered and under-funded by its stakeholders. Richard W. Pound QC, Founding Chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency (1999 - 2007), who remains a member of the Foundation Board, provides his personal opinion on the current fight against doping within sport. Richard takes a look back at the formation of the World Anti-Doping Agency, the ‘elephants in the room’ one of which he identifies as Russia, and the formation of the Independent Governance Committee. Richard stresses that he does not believe that the governance structure of the World Anti-Doping Agency is broken, but that what is lacking in the global fight against doping is a collective will to make the anti-doping system work.

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