FULL WADA BOARD AGREES TO 2,500 MORE TESTS
Lausanne, 22 March 2000 - New Tests Mean Approximately 1 in 2 Olympic Athletes to be Tested Prior to Games -
The Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) approved a plan to coordinate 2,500 additional out-of-competition tests before the Sydney Olympic Games during its second meeting today at IOC headquarters in Lausanne. The Board also approved membership for all the government representatives nominated by the International Intergovernmental Consultative Group on Anti-Doping in Sport formed in Sydney during its first meeting in Montreal on 16-18 February. Other structural decisions included the naming of its Executive Board members and committee chairman.
“Our last meeting set the constructive and cooperative tone by which WADA will coalesce the sporting and governmental worlds to fight doping. Today, we gained some momentum in that fight. We have more representation of regional governmental organizations and a specific role to play leading up to and during the Sydney Olympic Games. We are also better organized to handle the fundamental issues which will continue to concern us after Sydney,” said Richard W. Pound, the chairman of WADA’s Board and IOC first Vice-President.
Looking to the Sydney Olympic Games, the Board considered its role in the conduct of out-of-competition testing before the Games and the Test Result Management System during the Games. The Board reviewed the Test Result Management guidelines with the goal of recommending an enhanced system for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. WADA agreed it will work closely with the IOC Medical Commission in order to finalize a concrete proposal to be submitted to the IOC Executive Board in April.
In terms of out-of-competition testing, it was decided a consortium of laboratories from Australia, Canada, Norway and the International Doping Test Management Company will proceed to begin out-of-competition testing in full cooperation with the International Federations (IFs) as early as April. The number of tests to be carried out has been estimated at 2,500. These tests will be carried out in addition to those by the IFs under existing out-of-competition testing programmes, amounting for a total of 5,000 out-of-competition tests before the Sydney Olympic Games.
A project for an Anti-Doping Passport was proposed by the athletes’ representatives and discussed. The Board asked the IOC Athletes Commission to further study the project and make concrete proposals to the newly elected Executive Committee.
Turning to administrative and structural matters, WADA agreed to increase the Board’s maximum size from 35 to 40. The sports organizations and the public authorities will now each be able to appoint 17 members. The 6 other members would be appointed by a consensus of the Board. The Executive Committee membership was increased from 9 to 11, comprising 5 representatives from each the sports organizations and the public authorities, together with the Chairman of WADA.
The following were nominated to the Executive Committee representing the sports organizations: Prince Alexandre de Merode (IOC), Mr. Mustapha Larfaoui (Olympic IFs), Mr. Feliciano Mayoral (National Olympic Committees), Mr. Hein Verbruggen (Recognised IFs), and Mr. Johan Olav Koss (athletes).
As agreed between governments in Montreal, members of the Executive Committee from the public authorities were selected upon a continental basis: H.E. Ngconde Balfour, Ministry of Sport and Recreation, South Africa, representing Africa, the Hon Denis Coderre, Secretary of State (Sport Canada), Canada, representing the Americas, and Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone, Minister for Justice and Customs, Australia, representing Oceania. The representatives for Europe and Asia are still to be determined.
The Board nominated the five chairmen of WADA’s working committees: Mr. Craig Reedie (IOC member and President of the National Olympic Committee of Great Britain) for the Finance and Administration Committee, Dr. Don Vereen (ONDCP Deputy Director, United States of America), for the Education and Ethics Committee, Mr. Arne Ljungqvist (IOC member and member of the IOC Medical Commission) for the Research and Medical Committee, Mr. David Howman (Commissioner, Hillary Commission for Sport, Fitness and Leasure, New Zealand) for the Legal Committee and Mr. George Walker (Head of Sports Division, Council of Europe) for the Standards and Harmonization Committee.
The Board also approved a draft budget of $8 million for the year 2000 which includes proposals for Research, Education and Out-of-Competition Testing.
The Board may hold an ad-hoc meeting with members present during the Olympic Games in Sydney and will hold its next formal meeting following these Games.