Athlete Committee

INTEGRITY + AUTHENTICITY + FAIRNESS

These are the core values of WADA’s Athlete Committee. Led by a chair and 11 committee members, their role is to protect the integrity of clean sport as the leading voice for athletes globally.

Our Athlete Committee, a group of committed current and former Olympic, Paralympic and Continental Games athletes from around the world, represents you within our structure. They meet regularly and are consulted on both technical and organizational matters affecting athletes. They also serve an important role as ambassadors for clean sport (‘Playing True’) and are involved in WADA campaigns world-wide.

Following a decision taken by WADA’s Foundation Board on November 25, 2021, WADA’s Athlete Committee will transform considerably. As a part of ongoing governance reforms, and the way in which athletes are integrated into anti-doping policy development and decision making, the current 12-member committee will become a 20-member Council elected and appointed by athletes: 

  • five athletes appointed by the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee’s Athletes' Commissions
  • eight athletes elected by the Athlete Commissions of International Federations
  • seven other athletes, to be selected by an appointments panel made up by a majority of athletes, to fill skills and diversity gaps

Creation of the Athlete Council is in progress with the objective that it will replace the current Athlete Committee as of 1 January 2023. Information on the Athlete Council can be found here.

Athlete Committee Terms of Reference 

WADA Contact: Stacy Spletzer-Jegen, Senior Manager, Athlete Engagement

Below is the current list of Athlete Committee members

  • Ben Sandford

    Mr. Ben SANDFORD (Chair)

    New Zealand
  • Gaby Ahrens

    Ms. Gaby AHRENS

    Namibia
  • Adriana Escobar

    Ms. Adriana ESCOBAR

    El Salvador
  • Chelsey Gottell

    Ms. Chelsey GOTELL

    Canada
  • Astrid_Guyart

    Ms. Astrid GUYART

    France
  • Humphrey_Kayange

    Mr. Humphrey KAYANGE

    Kenya
  • Jeff Porter

    Dr. Jeff PORTER

    USA
  • Yuhan Tan

    Dr. Yuhan TAN, MD

    Belgium
  • Emma Terho

    Ms. Emma TERHO

    Finland
  • Astrid Jacobson

    Ms. Astrid UHRENHOLDT JACOBSEN

    Norway
  • Pinxiu_Yip

    Ms. Pin Xiu YIP

    Singapore
  • Zhang Hong

    Ms. Hong ZHANG

    China