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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established on 10 November 1999. Its mission is to promote and coordinate the fight against doping in sport internationally.
Thanks to this independent agency, the Olympic Movement and public authorities worldwide are able to intensify their efforts to banish drugs from sport. During the last 30 years there has been a generalised increase in awareness of the social phenomenon of doping in sport. Given the scope of the problem and the danger this scourge constitutes for the health and well-being of athletes and young people generally, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was instrumental in the creation of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
The WADA Foundation Board is jointly composed of representatives of the Olympic Movement (the IOC, National Olympic Committees, International Sports Federations and athletes) and representatives of governments from all five continents. The headquarters of WADA are in Montreal (Canada). Regional offices have been established on other continents.
The World Anti-Doping Agency
Sir Craig Reedie
Headquarters - Montreal:
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
Stock Exchange Tower
800 Place Victoria (Suite 1700)
P.O. Box 120
Montreal (Quebec) H4Z 1B7
Headquarters - Montreal:
Telephone: +1 514 904 9232
Fax: +1 514 904 8650
Headquarters - Lausanne:
Telephone: +41 21 343 43 40
Fax: +41 21 343 43 41
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was created in 1983 to deal with the legal problems that an athlete could face.
The purpose of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is to bring about the resolution of sports-related disputes which are submitted to it through ordinary arbitration or through appeal against the decisions of sports bodies or organisations.
In 1993 the CAS became entirely independent, by creating a new administration and financing body, the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS), and adopting a new judgement structure.
The CAS is recognised by the Paris Convention signed by the presidents of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), the Association of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), in the presence of the French Minister of Justice.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport
Château de Béthusy
Avenue de Beaumont 2
Telephone: +41 21 613 5000
Fax: +41 21 613 5001
The World Olympians Association (WOA) is an independent global organisation representing Olympians.
President Samaranch initiated its creation following the Centennial Olympic Congress, Congress of Unity, held in Paris in 1994.
The WOA was founded to involve some 100,000 Olympians around the world.
World Olympians Association
World Olympians Association (WOA)
72, bd. d’Italie
MC 98000 Monaco
Telephone: +377 97 97 78 00
The International Committee for Fair Play (CIFP), established in 1963, aims to promote the practice of fair play principles, which are essential to sport.
The goal of the Olympic Movement, as stated in the Olympic Charter, is to promote and contribute to the practice of sport in a "spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play". The spirit of fair play includes observance of the rules, respect for one's opponent, and combating violence and unfair behaviour.
Each year, the CIFP awards International Fair Play Prizes on the basis of nominations received by various organisations and the public. Honorary trophies and diplomas are awarded to athletes, ranging from Olympic champions to beginners, chosen for their particular commitment to fair play.
"... it takes more than crossing the finish line first to make a champion. A champion is more than a winner. A champion is someone who respects the rules, rejects doping, and competes in the spirit of fair play."
Jacques Rogge, IOC President, at the Opening Ceremony of the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002.
The International Committee for Fair Play
Dr Jenö Kamuti
Dr Katalin Gereben
Dózsa György út 1-3
Telephone: +36 1 471 4135
Fax: +36 1 221 4130
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the international governing body of sports for athletes with a disability.
The IPC supervises and coordinates the Paralympic Summer and Winter Games and other multi-disability competitions, of which the most important are World and Regional Championships. It is an international non-profit organisation, formed and run by 161 National Paralympic Committees and four disability-specific international sports federations.
The history of the Paralympic movement is relatively new and goes back to 1948, when Sir Ludwig Guttmann introduced the first Stoke Mandeville Games for World War II veterans with spinal cord-related injuries. Later, other disability groups also established their international sports organisations, which arranged various competitions.
The Paralympic Games have always been held in the same year as the Olympic Games. Since the Seoul Summer Games (1988) and the Albertville Winter Games (1992), they have also taken place at the same venues as the Olympic Games. On 19 June 2001, an agreement was signed between the International Olympic Committee and the IPC aiming to secure and protect the organisation of the Paralympic Games.
For more information, visit the IPC's website at: