US Could Be Tossed From Olympics Over Trump Funding Threats, WADA Says

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The World Anti-Doping Agency warned that U.S. athletes could be barred from the Olympics if the U.S. pulls funding.

American athletes could be banned from the Olympics, along with other major international sporting events, if the Trump administration follows through on its threat to pull funding from the World Anti-Doping Agency, Reuters reports.

The U.S. threat has sent shockwaves through the anti-doping community and prompted several governments to urge WADA to introduce legislation that would find the U.S. non-compliant with the WADA Code, effectively barring American athletes from international competition.

A report by the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), presented to the U.S. Congress in June and seen by Reuters, was highly critical of WADA demanding that it implement immediate reforms.

The report also suggested that the U.S. withhold funding unless it was given greater representation on WADA boards and committees and “a proportionate voice in decision-making.”

WADA President Witold Banka told Reuters,

“We have been approached by a number of governments of the world that were shocked by the threats from the U.S. government supported by USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency).

“These governments want us to consider an amendment to the compliance standard meaning that non-payment by a government of its WADA contribution could lead directly to that country’s NADO (National Anti-Doping Organisation) being declared non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code.

“Inevitably this could have serious repercussions for athletes from that country including their participation in major international sporting events.”

Read the full report.

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