January 23, 2003
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WADA Receives $3.7 Million USD from IOC

Montreal, January 23, 2003 – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made a payment of US $3.7 million to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as part of its commitment to fund 50 percent of the organization’s budget. The funds represent the first installment of dues to be paid to WADA by the IOC and world governments in 2003.

Since January 1st 2002, WADA's funding has come equally from the Olympic Movement and the governments of the world. The International Inter-Governmental Consultative Group on Anti-Doping in Sport (IICGADS), a caucus of the world's governments and non-governmental organizations active in the fight against doping, agreed in 2001 to fund half of WADA's operating budget through at least 2005. The remaining half comes from the IOC, which has pledged to match dollar for dollar all government contributions.

“The IOC continues to show leadership by example through its early payment in 2003 to help WADA continue its anti-doping efforts,” said Richard W. Pound, WADA’s president. “I hope the world governments will match this enthusiasm so that we can move forward with the important work ahead of us this year.”

WADA’s budget for 2003 stands at approximately US $21,000,000.

Point of Contact for the media:

Frédéric Donzé, media relations manager
Tel: 1-514-904-8820
Cell: 1-514-979-8820
Email: frederic.donze@wada-ama.org