WADA’s regional bureau was officially inaugurated April 22 in Tokyo by Yoshiaki Harada, vice minister of education, culture, sports, science and technology of Japan. Present at the inauguration were a number of political and sport personalities from the Asiatic region, as well as WADA Director General David Howman. The Tokyo bureau opened last November and serves as WADA’s liaison to the Asia/Oceania region. WADA’s two other regional offices are in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Cape Town, South Africa.
On this occasion, representatives from 15 Asian countries, as well as two observer countries, participated in a regional intergovernmental meeting. Among the topics discussed and agreed to was the formula for dividing among the Asian nations the regional annual contribution due to WADA. This formula will allow greater participation among Asian countries in the fight against doping in sport. Participants also agreed to meet more frequently to discuss how they can better coordinate their actions regarding this important issue. The next meeting is to be held in 2005 in China.
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