Seeking reform, US holds $1.3 million in dues from WADA

Seeking reform, US holds $1.3 million in dues from WADA
アメリカ. government will hold onto nearly half of the $2.93 million in dues it owes to the World Anti-Doping Agency while it waits to see how the global drug-fighting agency moves forward with reforming its governing structure

アメリカ. government will hold onto nearly half of the $2.93 million in dues it owes to the 世界アンチ・ドーピング機関 while it waits to see how the global drug-fighting agency moves forward with reforming its governing structure.

Richard Baum of the ホワイトハウス drug control office told a congressional committee Wednesday that a $1.6 million payment to WADA would be made soon, but that in breaking with past practice, the full sum would not be delivered all at once.

“We believe half the payment is appropriate,” Baum said. “There have been some good conversations in WADA about reform, but we still believe that in order to be comfortable with making the full payment, we’d like to see additional steps forward.”

The news, delivered at a hearing in ワシントン to provide updates on a recently passed law to criminalize international doping schemes, was the latest in a yearlong tussle between WADA and the U.S. 政府. The government has criticized the agency for not moving urgently enough to reform itself in the wake of the Russian doping scandal. The government has issued reports complaining the U.S. does not get its money’s worth out of its contribution to WADA and does not have a large enough decision-making role in the worldwide agency.

ザ・ $2.93 million accounts for about 7.3% of WADA’s $40 million budget; アメリカ. normally delivers the entire amount in the first quarter of the year.

After the U.S. first threatened to withhold dues last summer, WADA responded by suggesting it might sanction countries that do not pay dues. 会議 then gave the White House office authority to withhold payment.

Baum said the government has had some “good conversations” with WADA “but we still believe that in order to be comfortable with making the full payment, we’d like to see additional steps forward.”

WADA has been progressing with a series of reforms that would increase athlete representation on some of its decision-making boards, while also calling for higher levels of transparency. Officials at WADA did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.

アメリカ. and other critics say WADA’s reforms don’t go far enough. They want a more thorough break between WADA and the IOC which have members who sit on both agencies who can have conflicts of interest.

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