Veteran sports official Richard Pound has slammed World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) critics who have "no connection" with the organisation before admitting he has "little faith" in the value of recommendations made at next week's Olympic Summit in Lausanne because of a lack of "diversity" among attendees.
Pound, the senior International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and founding President of WADA, believes all those present are "the usual suspects" who are "clearly not thinking differently over a broad range of issues".
The Canadian was speaking in response to an insidethegames article in which IOC Executive Board member Sergey Bubka claimed a "thorough review" of WADA is in order to ensure value for money and to restore the confidence of clean athletes.
Bubka had claimed that a supposedly slow response to state-sponsored doping allegations in Russia since they were first approached in 2010, as well as the recent hackings by the Fancy Bears group, had shown how WADA's policies and governance "must be changed" in order to increase efficiency.
Argentinian IOC member Gerhard Werthein has also advocated a "thorough review" and a "major restructuring" after claiming WADA is "more interested in publicity and self-promotion rather than doing its job as a regulator".
Pound, who chaired the body's first independent investigation into Russian doping allegations last year, insists they were unable to act earlier and that greater responsibility lies with International Federations and other stakeholders.
“This seems to me like an orchestrated attempt to divert attention away from Russia and from the response to Russian doping," the 74-year-old former IOC vice-president told insidethegames today.
"Neither Werthein nor Sergey [Bubka] have ever had any connection with WADA and its operations.
“The problem in all of this is not WADA’s mishandling but that stakeholders have resisted the opportunity to give WADA financial resources for so long.
"We never had full investigatory power until the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code revisions.
"Once we got this, we carried out the investigation I chaired, and then the one that [Richard] McLaren is chairing.
"To say that WADA should have begun an investigation in 2010 is nonsense.
"We didn’t have information [in 2010] so to have done so would have carried serious risk for those who had come forward."
He also attempted to rubbish claims, made by Bubka, that WADA is not delivering value for money because only 0.5 per cent of 300,000 doping tests conducted worldwide each year result in positive samples.
“At WADA we do only 3,000 or 4,000 tests per year, since we are a regulator and monitor, not a testing agency," he said.
"Many of the tests complained of are conducted by NADOs (National Anti-Doping Organisations), many of which are not very robust.
"So, in this case, the real culprits are the organisations who have not found positive cases because, as a WADA working group concluded and reported to WADA a couple of years ago, they have no interest in catching cheats.
"You can test all day and not catch people because they know how to avoid the tests.
"So, in this case, the real culprits are the IFs and other organisations who have not found positive cases because they have no interest in catching cheats.
"To deal with 206 countries with a budget of less than $30 million (£23 million/€27 million) is ridiculous, quite frankly.
"We cannot possibly do the job we need to do."
The Olympic Summit taking place in Lausanne on October 8 is billed as a key step in order to pave the way to "a more robust, more efficient and more independent worldwide anti-doping system".
"Discussions will focus on the protection of clean athletes and, more specifically, on a review of the WADA anti-doping system," an IOC statement added.
WADA's former director general David Howman has suggested they are more concerned about "control than independence".
Rumours grew of plans for a new "Integrity Unit" being envisaged to collectively administer over anti-doping and match fixing issues before this was dismissed by the IOC as a "complete fabrication".
The meeting, which is completely closed to media, will be chaired by IOC President Thomas Bach alongside the four IOC vice-presidents and other Executive Board members who represent "IF's and athletes".
Fifteen other invited attendees include the President of six IFs - for football, swimming, gymnastics, athletics, skiing and bobsleigh - together with the Presidents of SportAccord and of collective bodies representing Summer and Winter Olympic Federations.
Association of National Olympic Committees President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah is also due to participate along with the respective leaders of the Russian, Chinese and United States Olympic Committees.
"It is the usual suspects [attending] rather than a diverse range," Pound said.
"So I have little faith in the fulsomeness of discussions, nor in the value of any recommendations.
"WADA's Think Tank and meetings last week [in Lausanne] will have been much more useful."
Current WADA President Sir Craig Reedie is also invited along with International Paralympic Committee (IPC) counterpart Sir Philip Craven.
These two Britons - along with a third in International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe - are the only figures present who have taken a stance on Russia radically different from that of the IOC leadership.
WADA's call for a blanket Russian ban from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro following the findings of the McLaren Report was rejected by the IOC in July, who instead gave individual IFs the power to make decisions on Russian eligibility.
The IPC did subsequently introduce such a ban for the Paralympics.
Long jumper Darya Klishina was also the only Russian athletics athlete permitted to compete at the Olympics after the IAAF ruled that only those operating in an "effective testing system" overseas were eligible.
Pound, who participated in a vote of confidence in Bach at last month's IOC Session during which Britain's Adam Pengilly was the only member to vote against, will not attend the Summit.
Bubka told insidethegames that "Mr Pound’s responses are self-explanatory for WADA’s problems".
insidethegames has also contacted the IOC for an opportunity to respond to these comments.