January 15, 2003
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Comments on the Second Draft of the World Anti-Doping Code Available

WADA president Richard Pound will discuss comments received on the second draft of the World Anti-Doping Code. The comments are to be published on WADA's website, and a teleconference organized for journalists on Wednesday, January 22.

Montreal, January 15, 2003 - Richard W. Pound, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), will discuss January 22 via teleconference the comments received on the second draft of the World Anti-Doping Code. The comments from more than 70 stakeholders were received by WADA by mid-December 2002. Comments will be published the same day on WADA's website.

The World Anti-Doping Code is the first document to standardize rules regarding doping across different countries and different sports. The initial draft of the Code was distributed mid-June 2002 to nearly 1,000 interested parties. The second draft, which integrated the comments received, was sent out in mid-October 2002 to all interested parties and posted on WADA's website. The third and final draft of the Code, which will take into account the latest comments received, will be presented for adoption at the World Conference on doping in sport. The conference, hosted by WADA, will take place in Copenhagen (Denmark), from March 3-5 2003. Journalists wishing to take part in the conference can register on our website.

Pound will discuss the latest round of comments received in a teleconference with journalists.

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2003
Time: 10:30 a.m., Montreal time

Journalists from North America who wish to participate by phone should call, before 10:30 a.m., Montreal time, 1-888-575-8232. Journalists from other regions of the world should send an email, before January 22 at 9:00 a.m., to frederic.donze@wada-ama.org and include the telephone number where they wish to be reached. WADA will initiate the call to other regions except for North America.

Two and a half hours prior to the teleconference, 8:00 a.m. Montreal time, the comments received on the second draft of the Code will be published on WADA's website.

WADA is a global organization through which governments and the Olympic Movement work together to promote and coordinate the international fight against doping in sport.

Contact Person for the Media:

Frédéric DONZÉ
Manager, Communications
Tel  + 514 904 8820
Fax + 514 904 8764
e-mail : frederic.donze@wada-ama.org