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    World Anti-Doping Agency president Dick Pound has hit out at the "disappointing" attitude of the United States after Washington said it was reducing its financial contribution to the world anti-doping body.

    The United States informed WADA that it was cutting its annual payment by 20 per cent despite still owing money for this year.

    "Instead of one million (US dollares) , it is going to be 800,000 - we learned that this morning," Pound said.

    "We are very disappointed by the lack of interest of the White House," added the Canadian lawyer and former Olympic marketing supremo.

    Pound said he expected less than two thirds of WADA's annual dues would be collected by the end of the year and reiterated his warning that government officials from countries who refuse to contribute to the body's budget could find themselves short of accreditation for major events such as the Olympic Games.

    Other penalties under consideration are banning the use of national flags during opening and closing ceremonies and stripping non-paying nations of a voice within WADA.

    "We look as if we are going to end the year having received less than two thirds of the funding we expected," added Pound.

    "Because the IOC (International Olympic Committee) matches government funding, every dollar that is not paid by a government costs in effect two dollars.

    "Our board is going to vote on sanctions against governments that have not paid their contributions to WADA, these measures will include losing seats on our board and executive committee.

    "The range of actions includes no accreditation for government officials and a denial to use a national flag in the opening and closing ceremonies and medal presentations."

    As well as the United States, Pound said other reluctant payers still to fulfill their financial promises to WADA were Italy and Ukraine.

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