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WADA: Isinbayeva will be gone as Russian anti-doping chairwoman

People walk out of the Russian Olympic Committee headquarters in Moscow Russia

"There is a huge amount of work being done", Reedie told a press conference following WADA's Foundation Board meeting.

The director general of the agency would be appointed by the board of directors and funding would be provided by the IOC.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has backed the plan for an independent testing authority (ITA) and said it would be operational in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The WADA executive committee will have the right of refusal. The ITA will consist of five members, according to WADA.

United States Anti Doping President Travis Tygart said in a statement to Around the Rings that the ITA is a step forward for a more independent WADA. "The devil will be in the details, of course, but it's an improvement on the status quo".

The World Anti-Doping Agency has approved fast-tracking new rules that would allow for sanctions of national Olympic committees and global sports federations in much the same way athletes are penalized for violating anti-doping rules.

They also agreed to put the new rules in place as quickly as possible instead of waiting until the next WADA code revisions in 2021.

Currently WADA can only recommend sanctions not apply them.

"The IOC is then bound by the rules".

The IOC, however, over-ruled WADA and handed the decision on Russian participation to individual sporting federations.

The commission accused certain athletes and sports officials of doping abuse and involvement in other activities related to violations of worldwide regulations on performance enhancing substances.

Russian Federation is taking steps to fix its doping control system, the World Anti-Doping Agency was told on Thursday. He said the Russian agency must find an independent chair as part of a long list of reforms that will bring it back in compliance.