Helleland's candidacy for WADA president could be blocked

WADA vice-president Linda Helleland at the opening ceremony of the 2017 UCI Road World Championships

The World Anti-Doping Agency's vice-president, Linda Hofstad Helleland, 41, could be prevented from running for president of WADA by a new proposal that would require candidates to be at least 45 years old. Current WADA president Craig Reedie will step down from his position next year, but has defended the agency's decision to allow the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to be reinstated to the international sporting arena, having been deemed compliant with the WADA code. Helleland was one of just two members on the WADA executive committee who voted against Russia being reinstated, versus nine members who voted for. Investigative sports journalist for German broadcaster ARD, Nick Butler tweeted an image of a proposal sent by the Africa Union – the current Chair of WADA's Public Authorities' representatives – to introduce the age limit of 45, among other proposals (published below). In a WADA statement, also published by Butler, WADA ...

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