From Inside the Games

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) vice-president Linda Helleland has called on the organisation to appoint an individual or body with no link to sport to carry out a detailed audit of the Russian doping crisis.

This call is the centrepiece of a proposal, obtained by insidethegames, she plans to present at the WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board meetings in Montreal on May 16 and 17.

She claims the “fractured and confusing” response of the anti-doping system to the Russian crisis has shaken public confidence that WADA and other sporting bodies are “ready, willing and able” to protect clean athletes against doping.

This perception must be rapidly changed, the Norwegian Minister of Children and Equality argues, if they expect public authorities to “commit to significant increases in their annual financial contributions to WADA”.

The recent opening of a multi-national criminal police investigation into the leadership of the International Biathlon Union (IBU) is likely to have convicned Helleland of the importance of her crusade.

Anders Besseberg and Nicole Resch, the respective IBU President and secretary general, are accused of ignoring suspicious evidence indicative of doping in any investigation also reportedly looking into alleged financial irregularities.

Besseburg, who denies wrongdoing, is a member of the WADA Foundation Board and a supposed advocate of clean sport.

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