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Federations to help form independent body for drug-testing

Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – International sports federations say they are ready to cooperate on the establishment of an independent drug-testing body under the control of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

IOC President Thomas Bach met Friday with Francesco Ricci Bitti, who heads the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations, to discuss issues of governance and anti-doping.

The IOC has announced plans for independent audits of the money it provides to federations in the wake of corruption scandals at FIFA and the IAAF.

The IOC also proposes taking drug-testing out of the hands of the federations and setting up an independent body under WADA control before the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

ASOIF says Ricci Bitti offered “full support” for the plan and the association will study how the federations can help fund the body.

The IOC says it will set up a steering group to harmonize efforts on ensuring “good governance” across the Olympic movement.

ACIRC

ASSOCIATION OF SUMMER OLYMPIC INTERNATIONAL FEDERATIONS

FEDERATIONS

FRANCESCO RICCI BITTI

IOC

PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH

PYEONGCHANG

RICCI BITTI

SOUTH KOREA

WINTER GAMES

WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY

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