WADA SETS PROGRAM FOR 2000
Lausanne, 13 January 2000 -
Olympic Movement, Public Authorities Commend Agency’s Successful Start
The Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) held its historic inaugural meeting today at IOC headquarters bringing representatives of the Olympic Movement and public authorities together to fight doping in sport. Consensus and cooperation marked the successful day-long meeting during which the Board developed an agenda for 2000 and took initial steps toward shaping its organizational structure.
Richard W. Pound, WADA board chairman and IOC first vice president, was very pleased with the day’s outcome. “There was an extraordinary level of coordination and cooperation. Everyone wanted to grasp this unique opportunity to advance the fight against doping in sport. Despite the fact all the elements are not yet in place, we made a good start toward ensuring the Agency is operational and effective before Sydney,” said Mr. Pound.
The Board’s agenda includes plans to:
Develop protocols with the international sports federations (IFs) for conducting out-of-competition testing before the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney;
Design a process for the accreditation of testing laboratories that may include the designation of a reference lab. The labs’ compliance with ISO standards is also contemplated;
Enhance the results management system for doping controls in major sporting events, including the Olympic Games;
Encourage and monitor peer-reviewed research, especially regarding the detection of EPO, hGH, and other substances;
Determine methods for extending sanctions to all individuals involved in doping, not only athletes;
Explore the concept of athletes’ holding “passports” that record health and or testing information;
Establish contact with appropriate agencies with expertise in areas relevant to the fight against doping, including existing independent anti-doping agencies, and to use the existing resources of other agencies;
Educate athletes, coaches, and administrators on the risks involved with taking prohibited substances;
Begin work on drafting a WADA Anti-Doping Code;
Initiate the process of harmonizing anti-doping rules in sport and national legislation;
Work with governments to stem the trafficking of prohibited substances and their movement across borders; and
Achieve a wider diversity among Board members, especially to include more women.
During the meeting, the Board also elected ten additional members. They are:
Mr. Vasco Lynce De Faria, state secretary for sports in Portugal, representing the Member States of the European Union;
Mr. George Walker, head of sports division, representing the Council of Europe;
Dr. Alain Garnier, chair of the Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention, representing the Council of Europe;
Mr. Feliciano Mayoral, secretary general of the Association of National Olympic Committees, representing the National Olympic Committees (NOCs);
Mr. William Hybl, president of the United States Olympic Committee, representing the NOCs;
Mr. Craig Reedie, CBE, president of the British Olympic Association, representing the NOCs;
Prof. Eduardo Henrique de Rose, president of the medical commission of the Pan-American Sports Organization, representing the NOCs;
Mr. Paul Henderson, president of the International Sailing Federation and member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) Council, representing the International Federations (IFs);
Mr. Mustapha Larfaoui, president of the International Swimming Federation and member of the ASOIF Council, representing the IFs; and
Mr. Tamas Ajan, secretary general of the International Weightlifting Federation, representing the IFs.
These elections bring the number of Board members to 22. The remaining seats open to the public authorities will be filled following the February 16-18 meeting in Montreal of the Consultative Group on Anti-Doping formed in Sydney. The Consultative Group of national governments was represented today by the Honorable Senator Amanda Vanstone, Minister of Justice and Customs of Australia; the Honorable Denis Coderre, Secretary of State (Amateur Sport) of Canada; and General Barry McCaffrey, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy of the United States of America.
To assist the Board in its interim phase, WADA named Harri Syvasalmi, director of the sports division of the Finnish Ministry of Education, as its interim secretary. It also began reviewing the issues involved in selecting a permanent site and an executive director.
Considering its future organizational structure, the Board discussed the criteria for establishing its Executive Committee and other standing committees that would manage issues relating to research, conflict resolution, the list of prohibited substances, and other such matters. It will act on recommendations during its next me