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Friday, November 03, 2017
BOA President & Secretary General ANOC Meetings Continue
An attempt by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah to include an Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) representative added to the Board of the new Independent Testing Authority (ITA) has been rejected by other stakeholders.

The ANOC Meeting continue with Bermuda Olympic Association President Judy Simons and Secretary General Stanley Douglas in attendance.

Representatives from the IOC and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federation (ASOIF) have both advised against any changes.

insidethegames also understands that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is strongly opposed.

Sheikh Ahmad, the influential International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and ANOC President, interjected following a presentation by newly appointed ITA chair Valérie Fourneyron during the ongoing ANOC General Assembly here.

"My only recommendation is that [an] ANOC representative will be in this meeting," Sheikh Ahmad, also President of the Olympic Council of Asia, said.

"Although we have Turkish Olympic Committee (TOC) President who is also an IF (International Federation) President [World Archery head, Uğur Erdener] - we trust him and respect him.

"But we are speaking about future structure.

"For that it is our request that ANOC to have representative as main stake shareholder as quickly as possible."

As well as Fourneyron, the Board unveiled last month includes representatives from the IOC, International Federations, athletes and independent representatives.

Erdener is officially the IOC representative and Italy's ASOIF head Francesco Ricci Bitti will represent the International Federations.

Zimbabwe's swimmer and IOC Athletes' Commission member Kirsty Coventry will represent athlete.

China's Peijie Chen, President of the Shanghai Institute of Physical Education, will be the independent representative.

"The support of the NOCs is important for the success of the ITA," an IOC spokesperson told insidethegames.

"Uğur Erdener will be on the ITA council in his capacity as a member of the IOC and President of an NOC."

Ricci Bitti added that this request could "only be said by someone who does not know what WADA is".

"WADA was created with two pillars: IFs and National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs)," he told insidethegames.

"Not NOCs.

"NOCs could be motivated and controlling NADOs, but they are totally out of the structure of anti-doping.

"The stakeholders are NADO's and IFs."

Questions have already been raised about the true independence of the ITA given that three of the five Board members - Erdener, Coventry and Ricci Bitti - are either past or present members of the IOC.

Having an additional ANOC representative would only have provoked greater concerns from within the anti-doping community.
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