Montreal, January 13, 2003 - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced today it has named David Howman as the organization's Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Special Counsel.
The 54-year-old Howman is well-known to WADA, having worked with the organization since its inception in 1999. A career lawyer, Howman is president of the New Zealand Anti-Doping Agency and former president of the country's National Tennis Federation. He is also a member of WADA's Foundation Board and head of the Agency's legal committee. Howman served as vice-president of the WADA team of Independent Observers (IOs) at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 and president of the IO team at the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City in 2002.
In addition, Howman has extensive experience as a lawyer in the field of doping in sport, notably before the Court of Arbitration in Sport.
"I am pleased to have been appointed to this important position and I am excited by the challenges ahead", Howman said. "This is a critical time for anti-doping efforts, and the introduction and implementation of the WADA Anti-Doping code will be vital for the maintenance of the integrity of international sport and sporting events. I am looking forward to playing my part for WADA in this challenging area."
Howman will begin work as COO with WADA in Montreal beginning March 1, 2003. He will work closely with WADA's President, Richard W. Pound, and the Agency's Director General, Harri Syväsalmi.
WADA is a global organization through which governments and the Olympic Movement work together to promote and coordinate, at an international level, the fight against doping in sport.
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