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WADA chief says doping fight hurt by lack of funding

The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency is blaming underfunding for sports seemingly losing ground to doping and cheating.

"We are 50 percent underfunded in terms of what everyone wants us to do,'' Craig Reedie said.

Reedie said WADA's annual budget is about $30 million. Half comes from national governments, which is matched equally by the International Olympic Committee. Speaking at the Pyeongchang Olympics, Reedie said he hopes to see a 50 percent increase in the next several years, pushing governments for more.

The IOC -- which relies on WADA to give its events credibility -- has the resources to pay more.

The IOC's revenue for the last complete four-year Olympic cycle -- 2013 through 2016 -- was $5.7 billion. That means the IOC's contribution to WADA and the fight on doping is miniscule.

"We think that currently the fight against doping is underfunded, worldwide,'' said WADA's Director General Olivier Niggli.