Doping is cancer on global sport: new WADA chief

Witold Bańka, the outgoing Polish Sport and Tourism Minister and the head-to-be of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) told the Polish public broadcaster TVP that his new job will be full of challenges.

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In his opinion, using illegal doping is “cancer upon the global sport, so for sure there will a lot of challenges.”

“Around 10 percent of medallists from 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro come from countries that had a disrespectful attitude towards the anti-doping policy or did not run it at all,” Mr Bańka told TVP.

Among the main points on his agenda, he named the creation of a solidarity fund for poorer countries for conducting anti-doping policy.

“Currently, WADA has a budget lower than USD 40 mln. It is unacceptable that the global regulator fighting with doping had such a [small] budget,” the minister said.

Mr Bańka was confirmed on Thursday as the new head of the WADA. His term will begin on January 1, 2020.

Although most ministers of the new Polish government were presented on Friday, the successor of Mr Bańka has not yet been announced.