June 2, 2004
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WADA Executive committee and Board meet June 20 and 21

Implementation of Code, Plans for Olympic and Paralympic Games, UNESCO Convention among Topics to be Addressed

Montreal, June 2, 2004 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced today that its Executive Committee and Foundation Board will meet for the first time this year on June 20 and 21, respectively, in Montreal.

The Committee and Board will be updated on a number of issues including ongoing implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code by sports organizations prior to the Olympic Games in Athens. WADA will be issuing a report to the International Olympic Committee prior to the Games, detailing which organizations and international federations have accepted and implemented the Code, as required, before Athens. Other topics to be addressed include an update on the International Convention on Doping in Sport, which is being drafted under the auspices of the United Nations organization UNESCO; plans for WADA activities at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, such as the presence of Independent Observer and Athlete Outreach teams; and a draft 2005 budget for the Agency. Board and Committee members will also hear about all ongoing activities, including research, testing and educational projects.

A number of events surrounding these meetings are being organized for the media.

Thursday, June 17, 2004
At 10 a.m., Montreal time, WADA’s President Richard W. Pound will discuss the agendas for the Board and Executive Committee meetings during a teleconference with journalists. WADA Director General David Howman will also be present and available to take journalists’ questions.

Journalists from North America who wish to participate should call, before 10 a.m., 1 888 942 8172. Media representatives from other parts of the world should send an email, before 6 p.m. Montreal time on June 16, to frederic.donze@wada-ama.org, with a telephone number where they can be reached for the teleconference. WADA will initiate the call to journalists from regions of the world other than North America.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – WADA Executive Committee meeting
Location: WADA headquarters, Montreal
This meeting is not open to the media.

Monday, June 21, 2004

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – WADA Foundation Board meeting
Location: Delta Hotel Centre Ville, Regency Room, 777 University Street, Montreal
The meeting is open to the media. Places will be reserved in the meeting room for journalists. No recording of the meeting will be allowed.

Photographers and cameramen will be allowed to take photos or film for the first five minutes of the meeting.

Those journalists who wish to attend the meeting are asked to contact, by June 18, Carolyn Riddle at carolyn.riddle@wada-ama.org or at +1-514-904-8845. Accreditation can be picked up outside the meeting room on June 21.

A working space for journalists will be available at the Delta Hotel throughout the day.

5:00 p.m. – Press conference following the Foundation Board meeting (time is subject to change depending on the meeting)
Location: Delta Hotel Centre Ville, Regency Room, 777 University Street, Montreal