The International Olympic Committee (IOC) delegated the responsibility of conducting a doping test of Olympic participants to World Anti – Doping Agency (WADA) on 17th October 2015. In a major re-shackling effort, the president of the IOC, Thomas Bach, announced at the Olympic Summit held in Switzerland that WADA is to assume this responsibility on a global level. This major crackdown came in the backdrop of the discrepancies that surfaced regarding the conduction of medical and doping tests of Olympic participants. The IOC and other Summit member states emphasized that doping tests should be conducted by a body, which is not related to sports organizations.
All the members of the rule-making executive board of the IOC attended the summit. Leaders of National Olympic Committees and other International Federations were also present at the summit and WADA was entrusted to conduct an elaborate study on the pros and cons of taking up the responsibility as a “global body to promote anti-doping”. The said study will be conducted by a Working Group to be constituted by WADA and will constitute members who are Olympic leaders.
In the present situation, there is a conflict of interests, which is hampering the whole selection process of the Olympic participants. This effort of the IOC will tend to give more credibility to the whole process by turning on the responsibility to an independent body. Proper implementation will bring transparency and legitimacy to the whole system. However, the findings of the working group are yet to be evaluated and the decision of WADA is eagerly awaited.