DICK POUND TO REMAIN WADA CHAIRMAN
Edmonton, 3 August 2001 - Dr. Robin Mitchell to Fill WADA Seat Vacated by President Rogge – International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Dr. Jacques ROGGE announced today in Edmonton that Richard W. POUND will retain his seat as an IOC representative to the WADA Foundation Board, allowing him to continue to serve as its Chairman. The IOC President also named Dr. Robin MITCHELL, IOC member from Fiji, to fill his own seat on WADA’s Board that he vacated upon his recent election.
Mr. Pound, appointed to the WADA Board by then-IOC President Juan Antonio SAMARANCH and later confirmed as its chairman by the WADA Board, had tendered his resignation from the WADA Board in a 16 July letter to allow newly-elected President Rogge to consider his own appointments. Upon receipt of his letter, President Rogge asked Mr. Pound to reconsider and to withdraw his offer to resign. President Rogge welcomed Mr. Pound’s letter of 31 July, in which Mr. Pound agreed to the president’s request and agreed to continue to serve on the WADA Board through the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
“It pleases me to reconfirm Dick Pound as an IOC representative to the WADA Board. This will allow him to retain his position as WADA Chairman, in which he has done a great job. It’s important for Dick to continue his effective chairmanship at this crucial juncture in both the fight against doping in sport and the life of WADA as an organization.
“I also want to reiterate that the IOC whole-heartedly supports WADA’s activities and will continue to respect WADA’s independence. In taking my decision, I noted wide-spread support of Dick’s continued chairmanship from the WADA Board – not only from the representatives of the Olympic Movement but also from those of the public authorities.”
Regarding the IOC’s decision to appoint Dr. Mitchell, the IOC President said, “Robin will be a superb member of WADA. His experience in sports medicine and his perspective from Oceania will be welcome additions.” When elected IOC President, Dr. Rogge decided to vacate the other positions he held in the IOC, including his seat as an IOC representative to the WADA Board.
Dr. Robin Everett Mitchell is an immunology specialist and has practiced family and sports medicine since 1977. From 1984 to 1992, he was Fiji’s team physician for the Olympic and Winter Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, and the South Pacific Games. A member of the IOC since 1994 and of its Medical Commission since 1995, he is also a member of the IAAF and FIH medical commissions. He was born in Levuka, Fiji, in 1946.