Montreal, February 25, 2003 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced today that more than 14,000 copies of the World Anti-Doping Code have been downloaded from its website since the final version of the Code was posted five days ago. The document will be presented for acceptance at the upcoming World Conference on Doping in Sport March 3-5 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
“These numbers reflect the tremendous interest in the Code and in finding a solution to the problem of doping in sport,” said Richard W. Pound, WADA’s president. “It is clear that there will be much attention focused on what will happen at next week’s conference. This interest makes it all the more imperative for sports organizations and governments to accept the Code and to implement it as quickly as possible.”
Nearly 1,000 delegates, observers, and media are expected to attend the conference in Copenhagen. During the conference, WADA’s Foundation Board will meet and formally adopt the Code. A resolution accepting the Code as the basis for the fight against doping in sport will then be presented to the conference delegates for adoption. Governments and sports organizations will be responsible for adopting and implementing the Code prior to the Summer Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.
Those interested in registering for the conference can still do so at WADA’s website. The highlights of the conference, including the main sessions, the WADA Foundation Board meeting and the final press conference will also be broadcast live on WADA’s website. A schedule of the webcasts can be found on the website.
WADA’s Executive Committee will meet in Copenhagen one day prior to the conference to discuss a number of topics, including the Code. The meeting is not open to the press or public. However, a press conference will be held immediately following the meeting. The information on the Executive Committee meeting is as follows:
Date: Sunday, March 2, 2003
Place: EIGTVEDS PAKHUS, Asiatisk Plads 2 G, 1448 Copenhagen
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. approximately
The press conference will begin immediately following the meeting. Press should be at the above site no later than 12:30 p.m.
Point of Contact for the media:
Frédéric Donzé, media relations manager