Government Representation

Responsibilities

Governments have many responsibilities in the fight against doping in sport. They also have powers that sport organizations do not have.

For example, governments can facilitate doping controls and support national testing programs; encourage the establishment of “best practice” in the labelling, marketing and distribution of products that might contain prohibited substances; withhold financial support from those who engage in or support doping; take measures against manufacturing and trafficking of doping substances; encourage the establishment of codes of conduct for professions relating to sport and anti-doping; and fund anti-doping education and research.

Many governments cannot be legally bound by a non-governmental document such as the World Anti-Doping Code (Code). Accordingly, governments prepared the Copenhagen Declaration on Anti-Doping in Sport, a political document through which they signaled their intention to formally recognize and implement the Code through an international treaty. The Copenhagen Declaration was finalized in 2003.

Pursuant to the Code, governments subsequently drafted an international convention under the auspices of UNESCO, the United Nations body responsible for education, science, and culture, to allow formal acceptance of WADA and the Code.

The International Convention against Doping in Sport was adopted unanimously by the 33rd UNESCO General Conference on October 19, 2005, and went into force on February 1, 2007, following the 30th ratification. UNESCO Member States are now ratifying it individually according to their respective constitutional jurisdictions.

Representation

Government representation is allocated according to the five Olympic Regions as agreed by governments at the International Intergovernmental Consultative Group on Anti-Doping in Sport Meeting held in Cape Town, South Africa, in May 2001.

Africa:         3 Members
Americas:   5 Members
Asia:            4 Members
Europe:       6 Members
Oceania:     2 Members

The governments of each respective region are responsible for the process of electing members to WADA's Foundation Board and Executive Committee and notifying WADA of the appointments. The current Foundation Board and Executive Committee Membership representing governments and their terms are as follows:


Africa

African Union
(WADA Executive Committee Member)
January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

Namibia
(WADA Foundation Board Member)
January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2018

Ethiopia
(WADA Foundation Board Member)
January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2016

Gabon
(WADA Foundation Board Member)
January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2017


Americas

Dominican Republic (CADE* President)
(WADA Executive Committee Member)
January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016;

*American Council of Sport

USA
(WADA Foundation Board Member)
January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2017

Canada
(WADA Foundation Board Member)
January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2017

Venezuela (CONCECADE** President)
(WADA Foundation Board Member)
January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2016 (Current CONCECADE President from Venezuela holds term for a 2 year period from April 2016)

**Central American and Caribbean Council of Sport

Chile (CONSUDE*** President)
(WADA Foundation Board Member)
January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2016 (Current CONSUDE President from Chile holds term for a 2 year period from January 2015)

*** South American Sports Council


Asia

Japan
(WADA Executive Committee)
January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016; and
(WADA Foundation Board Member)
January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2018

China
(WADA Foundation Board Member)
January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2017

Saudi Arabia
(WADA Foundation Board Member)
January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2017

Republic of Korea
(WADA Foundation Board Member)
January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2016


Europe

Norway (WADA Executive Committee Member)
January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

The Foundation Board seats for this continent are designated by: a) the Council of Europe; and b) the European Union:

Secretariat General of the Council of Europe
Until December 31, 2017

TBA - Elected Member by the Council of Europe

United Kingdom
January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2018

Malta 
July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017

Belgium (Flemish Community)
May 1, 2016 – December, 31 2018


Oceania

Australia
(WADA Executive Committee Member)
January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016; and
(WADA Foundation Board Member)
January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2017

New Zealand
(WADA Foundation Board Member)
January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2016