October 31, 2003
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Next Meeting of WADA Executive Committee and Board

Latest Doping News, Financing and Developments on World Anti-Doping Code to Top Discussions at Upcoming Executive Committee and Board Meetings

Montreal, October 31, 2003 – The Executive Committee and the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will meet Thursday, November 20 and Friday, November 21, respectively, in Montreal.

During the meetings, the Committee and Board will discuss a number of topics, including ongoing preparatory work for the introduction of the World Anti-Doping Code in 2004; WADA’s current financial situation and the measures being considered against stakeholders who have not fulfilled their commitments; and recent developments in doping (such as the positive cases involving THG and Modafinil). The Committee and Board will also be updated on activities that have taken place in 2003 involving all aspects of WADA’s work, such as research, testing and education.

In relation to these meetings, a number of events have been organized for the media.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003
At 10 a.m., Montreal time, WADA’s President Richard W. Pound will discuss the topics to be covered at the Executive Committee and Board meetings and will take journalists’ questions during a teleconference.

Media from North America who wish to participate in the teleconference should call, prior to 10 a.m., 1-800-274-8650. Media representatives from other parts of the world should send, prior to November 17 at 6 p.m., an email to frederic.donze@wada-ama.org with the telephone number where they can be reached during the teleconference. WADA will initiate the call for all those outside of North America.

Thursday, November 20, 2003
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – WADA Executive Committee Meeting
Location – WADA Headquarters, Stock Exchange Tower, Montreal
This meeting is not open to the press. No press conference has been organized following this event.

Friday, November 21, 2003
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – WADA Foundation Board Meeting
Location – The Windsor, 1170 Peel, Suite 100, Montreal
This meeting is open to the press. Places will be reserved in the meeting room for media who wish to attend. No recording of the meeting will be allowed.

Those wishing to photograph or film the meeting will be allowed in the room for a camera spray five minutes prior to the start of the event. No filming or photography will be allowed once the meeting starts.

Members of the media who wish to attend the reunion should apply for accreditation, prior to November 19, from Carolyn Riddle, Coordinator, WADA Communications Department, at Carolyn.riddle@wada-ama.org or at +1-514-904-8845. Accreditation badges will be available prior to the start of the meeting.

5 p.m. – Press Conference following WADA Board Meeting
(Time subject to change depending on conclusion time of meeting)
Location: The Windsor, 1170 Peel, Suite 100, Montreal.

A small office with electronic outlets and internet connections will be available for journalists at the Windsor throughout the day.

Point of Contact for the media:

Frederic DONZE
Manager, Media Relations
Tel: + 1 514 904 8820
Cell: + 1 514 979 8820
E-mail: frederic.donze@wada-ama.org