November 28, 2003
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WADA announces symposium for journalists

WADA President Richard W. Pound among those speaking at event January 29, 2004, in Lausanne

Montreal, November 28, 2003 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced today that it will hold a symposium for journalists January 29, 2004, at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

2004 will be a watershed year for WADA in many respects. The World Anti-Doping Code, the first document to harmonize rules and regulations regarding doping across all sports and all countries, will be implemented by sports organizations by the Olympic Games in Athens next year. This document will give WADA, International Federations, and in certain cases, the International Olympic Committee the right to appeal cases regarding doping before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

In addition, WADA will conduct a pre-games testing program and will also have independent observers and an Outreach team at the Games.

Given these increased responsibilities, WADA invites all interested journalists for a day of presentations on the work and mission of the Agency, including developments in research, testing, Code implementation and education.

Those speaking at the event will include:

Richard W. Pound, WADA’s President
David Howman, WADA’s Director General
Olivier Rabin, WADA’s Science Director
Tom Dielen, Director, WADA’s European Regional Office
Alain Garnier, WADA’s Medical Director
Matthieu Reeb, Secretary General, Court of Arbitration for Sport

The symposium will take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (a detailed program will be sent out shortly). Simultaneous French/English translation will be available. Lunch will be offered.

All journalists interested in attending should contact, before January 15, Frederic Donze, WADA’s media relations manager, at frederic.donze@wada-ama.org or at +1-514-904-8820.

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A temporary exhibition featuring WADA is taking place at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne from November 13, 2003, to May 2, 2004. Journalists will have free access to all exhibitions at the museum upon presenting their press credentials. Any other information on the museum and its exhibitions can be found at www.olympic.org