MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 04th September, 2020) Washington's threats to withhold funding from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) may result in a banning of US athletes from participating in major global sports events, including the Olympic Games, head of the sports drug watchdog Witold Banka said.
The US Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in June recommended cutting WADA funding due to failure to implement wide-ranging reform. In a report forwarded to US lawmakers, the ONDCP said that the US supports WADA with around $2.7 million annually, more than any other nation.
"The consequences of a withdrawal of WADA funding by the US could be more severe and far-reaching for American athletes," Banka told Reuters in an article published Friday.
"Inevitably this could have serious repercussions for athletes from that country including their participation in major international sporting events," Banka went to say.
Head of the US Anti-Doping Agency, Travis Tygart, responded to Banka's statements by telling Reuters that "to illegally threaten U.S. athletes is shameful."
The funding debacle has rallied several WADA stakeholders to call for expanding the agency's powers to levy sanctions and other measures against member states for cutting funding.