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March 18, 2019
Poland’s sports minister says the steps he has taken to fight doping in Poland have given him the experience to become the next head of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Witold Banka says that in his three years as minister, he changed the law to start an independent panel that decided sanctions for doping, stepped up Poland’s anti-doping regulations to top global standards with a strong investigative body and raised spending on testing.

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s sports minister says the steps he has taken to fight doping in Poland have given him the experience to become the next head of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Witold Banka says that in his three years as minister, he changed the law to start an independent panel that decided sanctions for doping, stepped up Poland’s anti-doping regulations to top global standards with a strong investigative body and raised spending on testing. The new law means anyone who provides a banned substance to an athlete can face up to three years in prison and those who are consciously doping can face financial consequences.

A former relay runner with a bronze medal from the 2007 World Championships, Banka says those doping are “cheats” who, when they win, take away a once-in-a-lifetime moment of glory from the true, clean winners.

The WADA presidency will be decided in November at a conference in Poland.

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