Polish Sports Minister Witold Bańka has been chosen to succeed Sir Craig Reedie as President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Sir Craig will step down after six years at the helm in November and in Montreal today, the public authorities group within WADA struck a gentleman’s agreement regarding his successor.
Bańka was nominated ahead of Dominican Republic’s former marathon swimmer Marcos Diaz and WADA vice-president Linda Helleland.
Norway’s Helleland, however, had not received the support of her continent and had appeared to have little chance of success.
Writing on Twitter, the 34-year-old Bańka labelled the decision “a very important day for me and for Poland”, adding “PA representatives decided to choose me as the candidate to the position of @wada_ama President”.
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