Tygart claims ONDCP report "realistic" as USADA and WADA feud intensifies

Jul 14, 2020

United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) chief executive Travis Tygart has claimed the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) report on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) paints a "realistic, non-political picture" as the dispute between the organisations continues to escalate.

The ONDCP last month threatened to pull its funding of WADA unless the international body undergoes major reform.

In a report to the US Congress, the ONDCP questioned whether the country's investment was "value for money" and that it expected WADA to "operate in a transparent, accountable and independent manner".

Doubts were expressed over WADA's "independence" and its capacity to "firmly, effectively, and in a timely manner, enforce compliance with the code, hold major countries accountable under the rules and uphold the expectations of clean athletes".

The US has asked for greater American representation within WADA, given its $2.7 million (£2.17 million/€2.39 million) a year funding contribution.


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