Originally Posted by eze
Been a bit.
Anyone care to explain much about VADA vs WADA?
Can you explain the relationship between WADA and USADA? From what I understand, USADA and WADA both are under the same umbrella of testing?
USADA has a close relationship with The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) but it’s important to understand that the organizations have different functions. WADA is essentially the standards setting authority and is extremely influential in anti-doping issues globally. Their Code and standards are considered the basis for the strongest anti-doping programs in sport, and more than 600 organizations have chosen to adhere to those strict standards including USADA. While WADA has set the bar for anti-doping testing internationally, the organization itself does not carry out testing services that an anti-doping organization does. USADA is the national anti-doping organization (NADO) recognized by Congress that provides comprehensive anti-doping testing services.
There have been many disputes in the media regarding the stance of Manny Pacquiao. Recently, his promoter Bob Arum suggested that Manny Pacquiao would accept testing, but while a portion of his training camp takes place in the Philippines, WADA would oversee everything. Is this a conflict of interest, or a commonality that shouldn’t be an issue?
USADA has the protocols in place to test an athlete who may be training or living for a period of time outside of the United States and regularly does so for U.S. athletes in the Olympic movement. If all parties agree to an anti-doping program conducted by USADA, the testing plan could be carried out regardless of an athlete’s location.
Are there any differences at all between testing methods of WADA and USADA?
Again it’s important to understand that WADA does not provide testing services the way that USADA or a state boxing commission does. WADA sets standards and USADA’s testing program is consistent with those standards.