Montreal, February 5, 2003 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) today posted on its website a working draft of the final version of the World Anti-Doping Code.
“We have had such tremendous feedback in response to the first and second versions of the Code,” said Richard W. Pound, WADA’s president. “We have incorporated those comments into the third and final draft and we wanted our stakeholders to have an opportunity to see that document as soon as possible, so that they can come to Copenhagen, ready to act.”
All major changes and issues for the final version have already been taken into account and will not be addressed again, Pound said. However, comments from stakeholders on this interim draft will still be accepted. Any additional comments should be sent immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The final version of the Code will be available on the website February 20 and will be discussed at the World Conference on Doping in Sport March 3-5 in Copenhagen, Denmark. At that time, stakeholders will agree to a Conference Declaration, through which they will reaffirm their commitment to adopting and implementing the Code. The Code is expected to be in place prior to the Summer Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.
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Frédéric Donzé, media relations manager