iNADO has today proposed what it describes as "concrete measures" aimed at reforming the governing structures of WADA ©iNADO

The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) today proposed what it described as "concrete measures" aimed at reforming the governing structures of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The measures, proposed to the WADA Governance Working Group, were announced during iNADO’s Annual General Meeting here in the Olympic capital.

WADA’s Annual Symposium is due to start here tomorrow. 

iNADO says they have been put forward, bearing in mind the global reforms outlined in the Copenhagen Declaration, published on August 30 last year following a special NADO Summit in Denmark’s capital.

Among the five reforms is the call for the removal of "the fundamental conflict of interest that exists when anti-doping decisions are controlled by sport organisations".

WADA's executive arm still includes several officials from major world governing bodies and International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials.

WADA President Sir Craig Reedie only relinquished his role as vice-president of the IOC last year and remains a member of the organisation.

"The iNADO proposals aim to achieve real change to the current WADA governance structure and finally remove the structural conflicts of interests that have for too long prevented the rights of clean athletes from being fully protected," the 67-member body said in a statement.

Other reforms proposed include strengthening WADA "through improved independence, transparency and increased investment".

They also want to increase and make clear WADA’s ability to "investigate, monitor compliance, and impose sanctions, so that all countries and organisations which engage in state-supported or institutionalised doping are held accountable".

iNADO has also called for athletes who have been "robbed" by doping to have "significant and meaningful recognition and celebration of their achievements, including swift reallocation of any medals".

They also want increased "support and protection for courageous whistleblowers around the world".

"Over the past few months, these reforms have gained tremendous support from athletes around the world," today’s statement said.

WADA President Sir Craig Reedie is an existing International Olympic Committee member ©Getty Images
WADA President Sir Craig Reedie is an existing International Olympic Committee member ©Getty Images

Last week, it was revealed that a radical plan to exclude anybody involved in sporting governance from a WADA Board position has been included among a set of United States Olympic Committee (USOC) reform proposals.

The proposals, included in a "position paper on anti-doping reform" published on Friday (March 10), were announced following discussions with the United States Anti-Doping Agency Quarterly Board meeting in Colorado Springs.

Producing a "clearly independent anti-doping body with overriding global authority" is the prevailing theme of the paper.

Greater funding and improved support for whistleblowers are other key ideas.

But the section on independence is arguably the most eyecatching element and is something that puts them on a possible collision course with the IOC.

"WADA should be governed independently of the sports organisations it watches and works with, and needs to have clear, transparent policies on governance," the proposals state.

"No person serving in a governance role in the IOC, any NOC (National Olympic Committee), any IF (International Federation), or ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees) should also serve in a governance role for WADA."

If implemented, every current sporting representative in WADA would be ineligible to stand.

There is no USOC or National Federation member with any sort of governance role within USADA.

But, while accepting of this problem and adamant to separate sporting interests from testing or sanctioning, the IOC are thought to believe that a complete absence of sporting officials from WADA's Foundation Board and Executive Committee is a step too far.

WADA's Annual Symposium, described as the most important annual gathering for anti-doping practitioners, is due to begin tomorrow at the SwissTech Convention Center.