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24 Nov 2004
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WADA: Chairman re-elected and budget increased

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced that its Foundation Board has approved a USD 1.47 million increase in the expenditure budget for 2005. This is the first such increase in two years and raises WADA's overall budget to USD 21,705,000. The Board also unanimously re-elected Richard Pound as Chairman of WADA's Foundation Board for another three years.

Additional responsibilities
In increasing the budget, the Board considered the additional responsibilities WADA will undertake next year, including monitoring compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and implementation of the computer-based Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS). In addition, the increase was needed to offset currency fluctuations, which have had a negative effect on WADA’s budget. The Olympic Movement and world governments jointly finance WADA.

Chair and Vice-Chair
In addition to Richard Pound’s re-election as Chairman of the Foundation Board, Brian Mikkelsen, Minister of Sport in Denmark, was unanimously elected to the position of Vice-Chair. It is intended that when the Olympic Movement holds the chairmanship of the Board, then the Vice-Chair position should be filled by a government representative and vice versa. Mikkelsen’s name was the only nomination put forth by the governments for the position. Mikkelsen will serve as Vice-Chair for one year.

Athletes’ Working Committee
The Executive Committee approved the formation of an Athletes’ Working Committee, which will allow WADA closer contact with athletes and give the Agency better insight into their questions and concerns regarding doping. The Committee will be chaired by Viacheslav Fetisov, Chairman of the State Committee for Physical Culture and Sport in the Russian Federation and former Olympic ice hockey champion, and will begin meeting next year following a nomination and selection process for members.

New Laboratory Accredited
The Executive Committee also approved the accreditation of a new laboratory in Warsaw, Poland. This brings the number of accredited laboratories to 33. WADA took over the process of accreditation and re-accreditation from the IOC at the beginning of 2004. The Agency has also reached a collaborative agreement with the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), which is an opportunity to conduct the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) assessment concurrently with the ISO/IEC 17025 assessment for the accredited laboratories.

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