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02 Nov 1999
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Lausanne, 2 November 1999 - The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) met today in Lausanne with the Minister of Culture of Finland, Ms. Suvi Linden, representing the sports ministers of the member states of the European Union, and the member of the European Commission with responsibility for Sports, Ms. Viviane Reding, to discuss the final steps necessary for the establishment of the World Anti-Doping Agency on November 10th, 1999. Ms. Reding had also received a personal mandate from Mr. Walter Schwimmer, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, to put forward the views of the Council.

The IOC together with the European Union agreed on the draft statutes of the agency with added clarifications on the following points:

- The need to specifically express in the document the vital importance of a political and moral commitment to the work of the Agency by all parties involved.

- The Agency will be responsible to adopt and modify the list of banned substances, recognizing the IOC Medical Commission list of banned substances as the initial reference point.

- The Agency will be responsible for the accreditation of testing laboratories and for the harmonization of testing methods.

- The Agency will plan and coordinate out of competition testing in full cooperation with the International Federations.

- The board of directors of the Agency will have equal representation from governmental organizations and sport organizations and shall remain independent of outside influence, such as undue commercial interests.

- Consensus will be the basis for decisions of major importance.

- The definitive seat for the Agency will be decided as soon as possible by the Agency board of directors following established objective criteria. Lausanne will be the temporary seat of the Agency.

“We are satisfied and greatly encouraged by this additional step torward the formal establishment of the World Anti-Doping Agency together with European Union,” stated the President of the IOC. “We welcome the governments of Europe in this common fight against doping, and we leave the door open to other governments of the world to join in this crusade.”

The World Anti-Doping Agency will be formally and legally established on November 10th in Lausanne.

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