November 21, 2003
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WADA Board approves 2004 budget

  • Expenditures to Focus on Research, Education, Testing, Database
  • Sanctions for Non-Payments Approved
  • Board Updated on Progress with Anti-Doping Code
Montreal, November 21, 2003 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced today that its Foundation Board approved the Agency’s 2004 budget of approximately $21.5 million U.S., which includes $2.7 million to be committed to new research projects, just over $1 million for out of competition tests, and $2.8 million on the development and implementation of a global computer system to help track doping controls and laboratory results worldwide.

The income budget, which is the same as was approved for 2003, is based on an expected cash flow of approximately 80 percent next year. Any funds received above that amount will go toward additional needed research, education and the existing out-of-competition testing program. Approximately $1.5 million is now budgeted for education, including educational activities on implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code, and direct outreach to athletes.

The $2.7 million to be committed to research will augment the $5 million that has already been committed for research projects in past years. Approximately $500,000 will also be spent on accrediting anti-doping laboratories around the world. 2004 will be the first year that WADA will be solely responsible for accrediting such laboratories.

The computer system, known as ADAMS (Anti-Doping Administration and Management System), will allow WADA to fulfill its obligations to its stakeholders by serving as central repository for doping control and lab results; facilitating collection of whereabouts info on athletes worldwide; and helping with test distribution planning, athlete selection for tests, and results management.

“Our 2004 budget is a realistic look at what we need next year to get most of our important work done,” said Richard W. Pound, WADA’s chairman. “Unfortunately, because of number of our stakeholders have not fulfilled their financial contributions to WADA, we have to budget based on an expectation that we will only receive 80 percent of our funding entitlement during the year. Obviously, the more we receive, the more can be spent on important projects like research and outreach to athletes on the dangers of doping.”

Action on unpaid contributions

The Board also approved amendments to WADA’s statutes that would give governments more time to pay their dues to WADA, but would also sanction those who do not fulfill their financial commitments to the Agency on time. Beginning in 2004, stakeholders will have until June 30 to pay their yearly dues to WADA. Beginning January 1, 2004, any government that has not paid its dues would be considered for sanctions, which will include removal of the country’s representatives from the Foundation Board and the Executive Committee.

Pound reported to the Board and Executive Committees that he continues to be in talks with the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Jacques Rogge on measures the IOC can take against countries that do not pay their dues. Rogge has declared that countries that do not pay may be excluded from bidding to host Olympic Games. There is also the possibility of non-accreditation for government officials and the restricted use of national flags and anthems at the Games. The IOC has asked WADA to provide an audit by February 2004 of which countries have paid their dues and which have not.

“With the flexibility of the new June 30 deadline, there should be no reason for governments not to make their payments on time,” Pound said. “These payments are an important part of how a country demonstrates its leadership and commitment to doping-free sport. Those that do not should not have a say on WADA’s governing bodies as to how this Agency should be run.”

Update on Code

The Board was also updated on progress in implementing the World Anti-Doping Code. To date, 98 sports organizations have accepted the Code. Eighty-nine countries have signed the Copenhagen Declaration, signaling their acceptance of the Code. A convention will be drafted under the auspices of UNESCO through which governments can formally accept the Code by the Olympic Games in 2006.

“We are very pleased with the way that acceptance and implementation of the Code by sports organizations is moving along,” said David Howman, WADA’s Director General. “These numbers demonstrate the spirit of cooperation with our stakeholders, which is one of our primary goals.”