May 16, 2003
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WADA Announces Creation of Working Group on Positive Doping Cases

Montreal, May 16, 2003 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced today the formation of a working group charged with collecting information across all sports regarding positive doping cases since 2001 and with studying the factors involved in imposing sanctions in those cases.

The creation of this working group was first discussed at the World Conference on Doping in Sport, which took place in Copenhagen in March. The group’s primary task will be to study the factors that constitute “exceptional circumstances” in the cases where such circumstances were taken into account and sanctions reduced, and to determine whether these factors will be considered under the World Anti-Doping Code.

“In creating this working group, WADA is responding to the requests of its stakeholders,” said David Howman, WADA’s chief operating officer and the group’s chair. “The structure of this working group will allow us to study all cases until the Olympic Games in 2004, by which time the Code will be implemented. Once the reviews are completed, we will have a better picture of what exceptional circumstances can and should be considered in a harmonized fashion.”

The working group, chaired by WADA, will be composed of representatives from diverse parties working against doping in sport. The members are:

  • David Howman (Chief Operating Officer of WADA, group chair)
  • Olivier Niggli (Legal and Finance Director, WADA)
  • Toni Graf-Baumann (FIFA)
  • Marc Aubry (IIHF)
  • Huw Roberts (IAAF)
  • Gunnar Werner (FINA)
  • Philippe Verbiest (UCI)
  • Terry Madden (USADA)
  • A representative from the IOC Athletes’ Commission to be named
  • Raymond Hack (Government of South Africa)

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