— Published 22 July 2022

Witold Bańka visits Washington

Relations seem to be back on track between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the United States. This is evidenced by the visit to Washington DC this week by WADA President Witold Bańka (pictured above), accompanied by Yang Yang, the Vice President, and Olivier Niggli, the Director General. On the agenda was a stop at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), discussions with representatives of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, but also with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Among the topics discussed by the three WADA envoys with their American interlocutors, two were not directly related to the United States, but rather to Russia and the conflict in Ukraine: the “impact of the war in Ukraine on the sport system, as well as the support that WADA and other organizations are providing to Ukrainian athletes and the anti-doping community at this time“, and the “compliance status of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency with respect to the World Anti-Doping Code”. Witold Bańka, Yang Yang, and Olivier Niggli also spoke in Washington about “continued active collaboration between the United States and other countries, particularly in the Americas region, to ensure that the anti-doping community is working together effectively to achieve the same goal.”