Golden 25 - #14 - WADA President Craig Reedie

(ATR) Craig Reedie, WADA president, will work with IAAF to ensure Russia compliance with anti-doping code.

Craig Reedie, the new president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), addresses the media during a press confrence at the end of 2013 World Conference on Doping in Sports in Johannesburg, on November 15, 2013. IOC deputy president Craig Reedie was elected head of global anti-doping body WADA Friday, after sporting leaders passed new laws that will ban cheating athletes for four years. "I congratulate Sir Craig on the unanimous support you have just received," said outgoing World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president John Fahey after the board signalled approval of his nomination with applause. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE        (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
Craig Reedie, the new president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), addresses the media during a press confrence at the end of 2013 World Conference on Doping in Sports in Johannesburg, on November 15, 2013. IOC deputy president Craig Reedie was elected head of global anti-doping body WADA Friday, after sporting leaders passed new laws that will ban cheating athletes for four years. "I congratulate Sir Craig on the unanimous support you have just received," said outgoing World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president John Fahey after the board signalled approval of his nomination with applause. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

(ATR) Busy months ahead for the WADA president with a new report on corruption allegations at the IAAF due in January and ongoing focus on the Russian doping scandal.

Craig Reedie is number 14 in the Around the Rings Golden 25 for 2016. Now in its 20th year, the survey ranks 25 individuals or events expected to have a major influence on the Olympics in the year ahead.

With Richard Pound’s WADA Independent Commission poised to deliver a report more explosive than November’s state-sponsored doping revelations, the British IOC member will be in the spotlight.

Reedie, 74, will play a lead role in aiding Russia’s attempts to comply with WADA’s code. An overhaul of the country’s anti-doping system is critical to the country’s hopes of sending a track-and-field team to the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Against the backdrop of the Russian scandal, ensuring strict anti-doping controls are fully implemented for the Rio Games is a vital item on his agenda too.

As an IOC vice president, Reedie has the ear of Thomas Bach and will contribute to ongoing implementation of Agenda 2020 reforms through 2016. He sits on the Communications Commission.

2015 ranking: 11

Written by Mark Bisson.

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