Former head of Wada claims drug-test methods not fit for purpose

Former head of Wada claims drug-test methods not fit for purpose

The former head of the global anti-doping body has added to pressure on Wada by saying that its testing methods are outdated.

David Howman, the director-general of the World Anti-Doping Agency from 2003 to 2016, added that cheats are pouring huge amounts of money into beating the system and that organised crime is “having a field day” in defrauding sport globally because it is not properly policed.

In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Howman also admitted his frustration at the possibility that only a fraction of cheats are being punished .

The New Zealander’s comments emerge with Wada criticised for its handling of the situation in Russia and the sport reeling from a succession of doping revelations, especially connected to the London 2012 Olympics. 

“There needs to be a debate about the whole way in which anti-doping is looked at to see that we are doing things in the most economically efficient and effective manner,” he said. 

“If not, are we spending millions and millions of dollars supporting an industry, where a lot of people get paid. Is that what we are doing? Producing an industry rather than protecting clean athletes?”

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