The United States will contribute more than half of the annual contribution to the budget of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the rest of the amount will be paid depending on the implementation of reforms, said Richard Baum, coordinator for combating doping in sports of the US Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
“We need to see the transformation of the WADA executive committee,” AFP quotes Baum, who is speaking at the hearings of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) under the US Congress. “This is the key governing body of this organization, a kind of steering committee that should turn into a body of completely independent experts, its work is too important to even have the appearance of a conflict of interests.”
“We will pay a little more than half, 1.6 out of 2.9 million dollars,” he added, noting that the US hopes to see further reforms before paying the remaining amount. “There is a difficult environment for promoting reforms, but we are waiting for progress.”
In June 2020, the ONDCP proposed to the US Congress to consider withdrawing funding from WADA if it does not take serious steps on reforms. The United States annually transfers about $ 2.7 million to WADA – more than any other country. In 2021, the contribution should amount to 2.93 million, which is about 7.3% of the agency’s budget.