Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President, Witold Bańka, participated in the 136th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session, which was an abridged version that was hosted virtually from Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr. Bańka’s succinct report to IOC members, which had been submitted in advance, included action taken by WADA in particular in the following key areas since the last IOC Session was held in January 2020.
- WADA’s response to COVID-19 and how the pandemic has impacted the global anti-doping system.
- The Agency’s recent response to the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy’s report to the U.S. Congress regarding its funding.
- WADA’s call to the U.S. Senate to consider widely held concerns about the Rodchenkov Act.
- An update on the reforms to WADA’s governance model that are already implemented or in progress.
- An update on the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) compliance and Operation LIMS.
- An overview of how WADA is supporting World Anti-Doping Code Signatories as they prepare for the 2021 Code and International Standards taking effect on 1 January 2021.
- An update on WADA’s action following the McLaren Independent Investigation of the International Weightlifting Federation.
- An overview of WADA’s new Five-Year Strategic Plan.
- An outline of Mr. Bańka’s athlete engagement activities.