October 8, 2004
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French Sports Minister visits WADA

Code, Convention among topics discussed with WADA President

Montreal, October 8, 2004 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced today that Jean-François Lamour, the French minister for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Work, met with WADA’s President, Richard W. Pound, during a visit to the Agency’s headquarters here.

The two discussed topics of mutual interest, including the implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code by stakeholders. Sports organizations accepted and implemented the Code by the opening of the Olympic Games in Athens in August.

Also discussed was the progress being made by governments on the convention against doping in sport, being drafted under the auspices of UNESCO, the United Nations body for education, science and culture. The convention will give world governments a mechanism through which they can formally accept and implement the Code prior to the Olympic Games in Turin in 2006.

Lamour raised the possibility of holding a symposium in France early next year. Such a symposium would focus particularly on the practical aspects of implementing the Code and the important role that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) plays in adjudicating disputes under the Code.

“I am delighted to have such a visible interest in the work of WADA from the Sports Minister of one of our most important partners in the fight against doping,” Pound said. “Minister Lamour has always been an ardent supporter of doping-free sport and his visit here reflects his commitment to this vital issue.”

“Governments are more and more satisfied by the progress being made by WADA in this arena, and France looks forward to continuing a close working relationship with the Agency,” Lamour said.