France recognises McLaren's work with extra €150,000 for WADA
The World Anti-Doping Agency has received extra funding worth €150,000 ($159,615) from the government of France, which it said “will be put to good use in support of the Agency’s enhanced investigations into doping in sport.”
The contribution will be regarded by WADA as a further vote of confidence in its work after it came under fire last year over allegations of failing to prevent a major doping scandal in Russian sport and of conflicts of interest.
It explicitly recognises the investigative work done by the independent McLaren commission set up by WADA to investigate the Russian doping scandal.
WADA said that the contribution “is additional to France’s 2016 contribution of €710,038, which was increased by €46,210 over 2015; and, to its additional contribution in 2015 of €150,000 towards WADA’s Special Anti-Doping Research Fund.”
WADA, which is funded equally by sport and by the world’s governments, has an annual budget of about $28 million.
Craig Reedie, WADA’s president, said: “WADA is very grateful for this generous donation made by the Government of France. The gesture is a tangible demonstration of France’s ongoing commitment to partner with WADA to uphold the spirit of sport.
“On the heels of the now-concluded McLaren Investigation, these additional funds will be put to good use in support of the Agency’s enhanced investigations capacity. We’re happy to see that investigations and testing are becoming increasingly interdependent, which is making life much tougher for those who choose to cheat.”
Patrick Kanner, France’s youth and sports minister, said: “The Government of France is pleased to support WADA’s investigative work via this additional contribution, which recognizes the quality and impact of the Agency’s independent Pound Commission conducted in 2015 and the McLaren Investigation this past year. It is extremely important that WADA is enabled to continue its investigations work, which over the last two years has permitted the Agency to reveal a disturbing level of manipulation, cheating and corruption in sport.
Thierry Braillard (pictured), France’s secretary of state for sports, added: “France is committed to strengthening the Agency’s ability to combat doping in sport by all means at its disposal; and, believes that investigations have proven themselves key in this regard.”