From Inside the Games

Gian-Franco Kasper has reiterated his calls for an independent body to punish countries who fall foul of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code and claimed the organisation should not be the ones to give out sanctions on the eve of the crucial Foundation Board meeting here.

The International Ski Federation (FIS) President also told insidethegames here that he plans to step down from his roles with WADA at the end of the year.

The 72-year-old Swiss is a current WADA Executive Committee member and revealed that his place as an International Olympic Committee (IOC) representative on the policy-making board would be taken by SportAccord President and International Basketball Federation secretary general Patrick Baumann.

Among the key topics due to be discussed during the gathering of the 38-member Foundation Board here tomorrow is a graded punishment system, which would see WADA given sanctioning power for the first time.

A system consisting of three differing levels of offences is set to be discussed.

This will begin with low level administrative problems relating to procedural issues threatening compliance with the WADA Code.

A second medium level will consist of more serious problems with anti-doping procedures such as testing or educational schemes.

The most serious faults such as the Government interference and direct manipulation of the system seen alleged in Russia in recent years make up the third group.

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