May 29, 2020

Witold Banka, a politician and former athlete who will not admit "dirty play"

Warsaw, Nov 8 (Efe) .- The former Polish athlete and current Minister of Sports and Tourism of that country, Witold Banka, 35, who will be the next head of the new World Anti-Doping Agency (AMA) from next January, He has assured that he will not make concessions to those who want to "play dirty and destroy the sport."

Witold Banka (Tychy, October 3, 1984) is since 2015 Minister of Sports in the Government of the Nationalist-Conservative Law and Justice Party. He was ratified as the next president of the AMA during the World Conference that closed on Thursday in Katowice (Poland).

His career has always combined sport with academic training: Banka graduated in Political Science at the University of Silesia and won the bronze medal at the 2007 World Athletics Championships in Osaka (Japan), as a member of the 4×400 relay team meters

Earlier, Poland's still Sports Minister was twice a silver medal at the 2005 Polish and 2006 Youth Athletics Championships and gold at the 2005 European Youth Athletics Championships in Erfurt (Germany).

In 2008, Banka was awarded by his hometown with the prize for the figure of the year in the field of culture and sport, and a year later he became the youngest delegate in the history of the Athletics Association of Poland.

Witold Banka hung up his boots in 2012 and thereafter his activity focused on the field of public relations, the relationship with the media and advertising, and has participated in the creation of several campaigns for some of the main companies in the country.

In a speech days after knowing his appointment, Banka said he will not make concessions to those who want to "play dirty and destroy the sport" and reaffirmed his goal of "cleaning the sport, creating a fair environment for clean athletes and strengthening the system anti-doping. "

Among the main points of the program that Banka wants to develop at the head of the WADA is the creation of a solidarity fund to help less developed countries to implement an anti-doping policy.

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