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IOC President welcomes appointment of Sir Craig Reedie as new WADA President

Sir Craig Reedie
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15/11/2013

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said he welcomed the election of IOC Vice-President Sir Craig Reedie as the new President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and pledged the IOC’s commitment to broadening and strengthening its intensive cooperation with the new leadership.

Sir Craig was elected President today by the WADA Foundation Board at the 2013 World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was the only candidate in the running to replace John Fahey, whose presidency concludes at the end of 2013. 

Upon WADA’s establishment in 1999, it was agreed that its presidency would alternate between candidates nominated by the Olympic Movement and those nominated by governments. Sir Craig becomes the third WADA President, following former Australian Finance Minister Fahey and fellow IOC member Dick Pound.

He will officially take up his post on 1 January 2014.

President Bach also underscored his support for the changes to the WADA Code, adopted by the Board on Friday, which included an increase in the ban on serious offenders from two years to four years, smarter testing, an extension of the statute of limitations from 8 years to 10 years, and rules to facilitate the punishment of members of an athlete’s entourage involved in doping.

But he stressed that even more needed to be done to create a level playing field for and protect clean athletes. “The new measures are an excellent step forward, and the IOC welcomes any improvement in the fight against doping,” President Bach said. “It is a much-improved Code, but it alone is not enough. We need even more sophisticated targeted tests, more individual profiling, and more scientific research. We must consider further measures in our continued fight against doping in sport.”

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