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Poland's Banka proposed as next World anti-doping chief

AFP  |  Montreal 

The (WADA) said on Tuesday that government representatives had proposed Poland's minister as its candidate to be the body's next

The 34-year-old former was recommended by members of the Public Authorities, a panel of government members who help choose chiefs in a special meeting in

The current of is the 78-year-old Craig Reedie, who has served two terms in office and who is due to step down in December.

rotates its presidency between representatives from the international bodies (the and federations) and governments.

As required by the rules, Banka's nomination will now be submitted to WADA by the end of May for the elections which will take place at the meeting of the WADA Foundation Board in Katowice, in November.

Banka was first put forward as Europe's candidate in January, comfortably beating the 41-year-old current WADA

Norwegian Helleland was the pick of western nations, chiefly the United States, as a of what she sees as WADA's weaknesses towards and its lack of independence from the IOC.

She was one of just two members on the WADA committee who voted against being reinstated last year.

However, on Tuesday offered congratulations to Banka.

"We appreciate the opportunity to have met with him recently and to discuss the hope for a strong and independent WADA going forward," Tygart said.

"We are excited and ready to get to work with him and those committed to protecting clean sport to achieve the mutual goals of restoring trust to the organisation with athletes and the public, most importantly giving all athletes a true voice in the fight against doping."

Banka has been recommended ahead of Marcos Diaz, a WADA committee member from the

Diaz wanted to increase the number of representatives from countries he feels have less of a say in decisions than they should.

Meanwhile Banka, who helped win bronze in the 4x400m relay at the 2007 World Championships, would like to establish a solidarity fund for the National Anti-Doping Organisations, in particular for countries where there is no such body.

This is the last time the WADA will be appointed on the principle of rotation between representatives of bodies and governments, with an coming in from the start of the next mandate, in 2022.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 04:35 IST