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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Thursday approved a series of reforms aimed at giving athletes a greater voice in the decision-making process, although the changes were strongly criticized by activists who say they are not enough.

At a council meeting, WADA announced that it was adding two seats to its executive committee, one of them for an athletes representative. It also approved the creation of an independent ethics board and reformed the athletes council to give a broader group a voice in the appointment of its 20 members.

WADA approved an athlete mediator pilot program, which should provide independent advice to athletes dealing with doping issues

WADA approved an athlete mediator pilot program, which should provide independent advice to athletes dealing with doping issues.

Several groups of athletes issued a statement criticizing the changes, saying they are merely cosmetic. One of their main complaints is that the key decision-making bodies continue to be made up of members of the International Olympic Committee, which accounts for half of WADA’s funding. The governments of the world provide the other half.

“WADA should not be controlled or governed by anyone with an interest in the economics of sports competition if it is to be considered legitimate,” said a statement prepared on behalf of four different groups of athletes, including Global Athlete.

WADA’s independence has come under scrutiny in the past decade, in which a doping scandal in Russia rocked the anti-doping movement and led critics to question whether the global regulator was being too tolerant of Russia at the request of the IOC.

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