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A man walks at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) venue on the eve of the Fifth World Conference on Doping in Sport in Katowice, Poland, November 4, 2019.

Salazar was banned from coaching during the World Athletics Championships in Doha, after he - along with Dr Jeffrey Brown - were found guilty of possessing and trafficking banned substances after a four-year investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency.

Then, he called upon sports leaders, governments and private companies to contribute to a cause he portrayed as massively underfunded. "It is not a new idea to engage big sponsors as part of their corporate social responsibility".

"It is ridiculous that an organisation with the status of a global regulator has a budget of less than $40 million (£31 million/€36 million)", he said. "We need to find some alternative solutions how we can increase the budget for anti-doping", said the 35-year-old Banka, a former European junior 400m champion.

Banka will formally be elected to replace Craig Reedie later this week at WADA's board meeting. Bach said it will cost about $5 million to build similar storage for pre-test samples.

"By putting the focus more on the entourage, by holding everybody implicated in a doping case accountable in a robust and deterrent way, and by close cooperation between all anti-doping stakeholders, we can take a major step forward to strengthen justice and credibility for the protection of the clean athletes and to drain the doping swamp".

In a statement, Ukad chief executive Nicole Sapstead said: "We have been working with Usada on their investigation into the Nike Oregon Project and will work with Wada on their investigation if there is any evidence that relates to athletes or athlete support personnel under our jurisdiction".

He'll be under the microscope, as WADA deals with a continuing case involving Russian cheating.

"I think one of the main tasks now is that we have to change the bad-excuse approach", he said.

New revelations appeared in September when electronic data from the former Moscow laboratory was suspected of having been manipulated when it was handed to WADA investigators earlier in the year. In today's world, where perception is unfortunately so often becoming reality, it is more important than ever to avoid even the perception of a conflict of interest.

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