May 14, 2004
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WADA, Canadian Government, CCES and COC to Organize Symposium on Nutritional Supplements

Teleconference for media to follow for discussion of symposium outcomes

Montreal, 14 May, 2004 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Government of Canada, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) will organize a symposium May 30 and 31 in Montreal on nutritional supplements.

Despite warnings from sports authorities that supplements may contain prohibited substances, many athletes continue to take them regularly. In a number of countries, the production of these supplements goes unregulated and the contents in the product often differ from those advertised on the packaging. Athletes, therefore, may be inadvertently ingesting, through these supplements, products that are banned in sport competition. 

Experts from around the world in supplement production, nutrition and science, as well as representatives from governments and the sports movement, will gather for two days to discuss such matters. The objective is to produce suggestions that will help solve the issue that nutritional supplements represent to the doping in sport problem and to the overall health and well-being of athletes.

The symposium is not open to the media. However, following the two-day event, a teleconference will be organized for journalists:

Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at 9:00 a.m. (Montreal time)

Participating in the teleconference will be: David Howman, WADA director general; Paul Melia, president and chief executive officer of CCES; and Mark Lowry, executive director of sport of  COC.

Journalists in North America who wish to participate in the teleconference should call, before 9 a.m., 1 888 942 8172. Media from other parts of the world should send an email before 6 p.m., Montreal time, May 31 to with the telephone number where they can be reached. WADA will initiate all calls to journalists outside North America.