December 22, 2003
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New U.S. member joins WADA board

U.S. Government and WADA’s continued cooperation marked by full payment of the United States’ 2003 dues

Montreal, December 22, 2003 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) today announced that they have reaffirmed their partnership in the fight against doping in sport, beginning with the naming of a new U.S. representative to WADA’s Foundation Board. As a sign of the renewed commitment, the U.S. government today also paid in full its 2003 dues to WADA.  The US Government’s dues payment to WADA represents the second-largest contribution from a national government.

Scott Burns, Deputy Director for State and Local Affairs at ONDCP, will be the new WADA Board member, effective immediately. Burns has a long history of working against drugs in the United States. He has previously served on the White House Committee on Illegal Narcotics and Addiction and as a former prosecutor, has prosecuted a number of significant narcotics cases. Burns also has a sporting background and was inducted into Southern Utah University's Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

“We are very pleased to have Scott represent the United States on WADA’s Foundation Board,” said Richard W. Pound, WADA’s president. “He brings years of experience in the fight against doping and the perspective of a seasoned athlete to this position. He will be a valuable asset to WADA in our ongoing activities.”

Pound also praised the U.S. government for fulfilling its 2003 financial obligations to WADA.

“We appreciate the special effort undertaken by ONDCP to obtain governmental approval to pay its WADA dues pursuant to a continuing resolution.” he said. “The fact that ONDCP has managed to pay its 2003 dues before the end of the calendar year while operating under a continuing resolution is a very encouraging sign of the commitment this government is willing to make to the fight against doping.”

Burns visited WADA’s headquarters in Montreal last week for in-depth discussions with Pound and WADA Director General David Howman on the continued leadership of the United States on doping matters. Topics discussed included the recent positive cases involving the designer steroid THG and the problem of doping in professional U.S. sports leagues. Howman traveled to Washington recently for talks with ONDCP officials on these and other timely issues.

“We are looking forward to this partnership with WADA as we work to remove the drugs that threaten the legitimacy of sport worldwide,” Burns said. “The United States Government is committed to being a leader role in this arena and we intend to work with all our international partners, both governments and the Olympic Movement, to make sure that the fight against doping is a top priority.”