Reedie re-elected World Anti-Doping Agency chief
Glasgow, Nov 20 (IANS) World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) President Craig Reedie was on Sunday re-elected for a second three-year term as head of the agency.
Reedie has been involved in administration of sports activities for years. He was a vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the British Olympic Association and the International Badminton Federation. The official has been working in the anti-doping agency since its foundation in 1999 and has been its president since January 1, 2014, reports Sputnik.
“Sir Craig Reedie re-elected for a second term as WADA President by Foundation Board,” WADA’s press service posted on its Twitter account.
Earlier in the day, the foundation board meeting of the WADA started here. WADA’s press service added that Norway’s Minister of Culture Linda Helleland, who was also responsible for implementation of Oslo’s sports policy, was elected as vice-president of the organisation.
The re-election of Reedie comes after a massive doping scandal, which escalated in July, when WADA presented a report accusing Russia of running a state-wide doping program and urging the IOC to consider a blanket ban on the entire Russian team.
The IOC instead opted to let individual sports federations decide on the matter. In September, a hacking group named Fancy Bears revealed WADA confidential medial records, including Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE). The athletes given TUEs include Rafael Nadal, Venus and Serena Williams and four-time Rio Olympics gold medallist Simone Biles, among others.