WADA PRESS RELEASE - WADA SIGNS WITH ALL OLYMPIC SUMMER SPORTS FEDERATIONS; INITIATES SEARCH FOR PERMANENT HEADQUARTERS
Lausanne, 31 August 2000 - NOCs and Sports Ministries Have Until 23 October to Submit Bids to Host WADA HQ -
All 28 International Olympic Summer Sports Federations (IFs) have now agreed to join the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) unannounced, out-of-competition testing program, WADA announced today in Lausanne. WADA also announced the start of the selection process for the Agency’s permanent headquarters.
Following the site selection procedure determined earlier this year, WADA distributed the bidding documents related to hosting its headquarters to all NOCs and their related sports ministries on 29 August. WADA set 23 October as the deadline for the return of the bids so the Agency could select the site in time for it to start its operations there January 2002. Until that time, WADA will continue working out of its temporary offices in Lausanne.
Completing the initial phase of its doping control program, WADA signed agreements last week with the last two IFs that had yet to sign, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). This means WADA is now conducting doping controls in all 28 Olympic Summer sports prior to the opening of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
WADA is on schedule to conduct more than 2,000 doping control tests before the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
Applauding the IFs, WADA Chairman Richard W. Pound said, “The International Olympic Summer Sports Federations should be congratulated for doing whatever necessary in such a short time to clear the way for an additional, external testing program. They all did so, despite the difficulties of amending their own policies, to enhance their anti-doping commitments and to support the clean athletes in their sports.
“WADA and the Summer IFs have broken new ground to lay a solid foundation for an intensified fight against doping in sport. The continued cooperation between the Olympic Movement and the public authorities will prove to be a formidable force on the side of the clean, ethical athlete.”
WADA is conducting its doping control program in cooperation with the IFs that have signed up for it and the athletes competing in those sports. The Agency has appointed the Drug-Free Sport Consortium (DFSC) to conduct the tests, which are being conducted in a manner compatible with International Standards for Doping Control (ISDC) and in accordance with each IF’s anti-doping regulations.
The DFSC consists of three national anti-doping agencies: the Australian Sport Drug Agency (ASDA), the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), and the Norwegian Confederation of Sports (NIF). In order to provide the world-wide reach needed for sample collection, the DFSC has partnered with International Doping Tests and Management (IDTM).