WADA to continue testing 'where
possible' amid coronavirus
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[March 24, 2020]
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The World
Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Monday that it would continue to
test "where possible" while remaining in line with protocols set out
by governmental and health organisations amid a coronavirus pandemic
that has wreaked havoc on the global sporting calendar.
"We will get through this situation and everyone hopes that we can
return the global anti-doping system to full power as soon as we
emerge," WADA President Witold Bańka said in a written statement.
The coronavirus outbreak upended many upcoming international
sporting events, most recently casting doubt on whether the Tokyo
Summer Games could advance as scheduled.
Chair of the WADA Athlete Committee Ben Sandford said while the
situation "goes well beyond anti-doping and sport," the organisation
would continue to pursue testing to ensure clean sport.
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WADA President-Elect, Witold Banka attends a news conference after
World Anti-Doping Agency's extraordinary Executive Committee (ExCo)
meeting that has banned Russian athletes from all major sporting
events in the next four years, in Lausanne, Switzerland, December 9,
2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
"It is important to ensure the integrity of the overall system is
maintained as much as possible," said Sandford. "WADA will continue
to identify any gaps in the program."
(Reporting By Amy Tennery; Editing by Stephen Coates)
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