Reedie remains favourite to take over as WADA President despite Moses entering race

Tuesday, 30 July 2013
By Duncan Mackay

Edwin Moses talking into microphoneJuly 30 - A decision on which candidate to put forward to become the new President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will be taken by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Moscow next week, with Britain's Sir Craig Reedie remaining the favourite despite American Edwin Moses having joined the race.

It is the turn of the Olympic Movement to choose the head of WADA and the IOC Executive Board will discuss at its meeting in the Russian capital on August 9 who they should pick to replace former New South Wales Premier John Fahey.

The Australian had been chosen by the Governments, who jointly fund WADA along with the IOC, to replace the founding chairman, Canada's Dick Pound, and he has led the organisation since 2007.

Moses, the 1976 and 1984 Olympic 400 metres hurdles champion, had put himself forward last week and became the third candidate, joining Sir Craig and France's Patrick Schamasch, the former medical director of the IOC who retired after London 2012. 

The 57-year-old Moses, a strong advocate against drugs during his career, has been chairman of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) since last September.

Moses also serves as chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy.

He is undoubtedly the best known of the three candidates and is fondly remembered as one of the most dominant athletes in history, having once gone unbeaten in 122 consecutive races between 1977 and 1987.

Sir Craig Reedie Istanbul 2020Sir Craig Reedie holds several key roles within the IOC, including heading its Evaluation Commission which has inspected the three bidding cities for the 2020 Olympics

The IOC is sending a document summarising its position on the anti-doping fight to the three candidates, who have until August 7 to reply in writing.

The successful nominee will be put up for formal election at the World Conference on Doping in Sport, which is due to take place in Johannesburg from November 12 until 15.

Sir Craig, the former chairman of the British Olympic Association and President of the International Badminton Federation, is the most senior of three candidates and has the most experience within the Olympic Movement.

He is currently the vice-president of the IOC and is head of the Evaluation Commission which has overseen the campaign to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, which features Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo.

Sir Craig, 72, is also already well acquainted with WADA having served as the chairman of its Finance and Administration Committee since its founding in 1999 and also sat on its Executive and Foundation Boards.

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