New athletes group formed to tackle doping in sports

An Olympic gold medalist and a former executive at the World Anti-Doping Agency are forming an organization designed to give athletes a more organized voice in the struggle against doping and the powers that police it.

The group, called Global Athlete, is being organized by British cyclist Callum Skinner.

Rob Koehler, who suddenly quit his post as deputy director general at WADA last year, will be the group's director general.

A news release announcing the new group said it would be designed "for athletes aiming to collectively address the balance of power between athletes and sporting leaders."

Athletes have spoken out in large numbers to protest what they perceive as lax treatment of Russia by the International Olympic Committee and WADA in the wake of the country's doping scandal.

The nonprofit group FairSport and individual donors will provide funding for the new group.

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