Polish minister Banka confirmed as subsequent WADA President


KATOWICE, Poland (Information) – Polish Tourism and Sports activities Minister Witold Banka was formally appointed as the following president of the World Anti-Doping Company on Thursday, succeeding outgoing Craig Reedie on Jan. 1.

FILE PHOTO: Poland’s Minister of Sport Witold Banka appears on on the Nationwide Stadium in Warsaw, Poland June 5, 2018. Agencja Gazeta/Przemyslaw Wierzchowski through Information

The 35-year-old Banka, a former observe and subject athlete, was the general public authorities’ alternative for WADA president, because the put up rotates between a alternative from sports activities our bodies and one from public authorities.

Banka, whose appointment was rubber-stamped by the physique’s Basis Board on the ultimate day of the world convention on doping in sport, has pledged to aim to eradicate doping, a lofty aim with WADA at the moment locked in one of many largest scandals to hit world sport.

For greater than 4 years Russia has been the main target of a number of investigations and sanctions after a 2015 WADA-commissioned report highlighted an unlimited doping community within the nation’s sports activities neighborhood.

“Now we have the identical goal and objectives in our hearts, to wash up sport and create a good setting,” Banka mentioned in a short handle after a unanimous election.

“I promise you to attempt to all the time construct bridges with all stakeholders. I’m positive collectively we’ll make anti-doping techniques stronger.”

WADA additionally permitted a revision of its World Anti-Doping Code which can enter into power on Jan. 1, 2021 after a two-year session course of.

Among the many adjustments are significantly decrease sanctions for the usage of illicit medicine, taken to not improve performances however for leisure functions, corresponding to marijuana and cocaine.

Athletes shall be banned for weeks as an alternative of years for such an anti-doping rule violation if they’ll set up that the usage of such banned substances was unrelated to their sport efficiency.

Profitable completion of a rehab remedy program can additional scale back the suspension.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Modifying by Christian Radnedge