November 21, 2004
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WADA BOARD APPROVES $1.47 MILLION BUDGET INCREASE

Montreal, November 21, 2004 - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced today that its Foundation Board has approved a U.S. $1.47 million increase in the expenditure budget for 2005.  This is the first such increase in two years and raises WADA's overall budget to $21,705,000.  WADA is jointly financed by the Olympic Movement and world governments.

In making this decision, the Board considered the additional responsibilities WADA will undertake next year, including monitoring of compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and implementation of a computer-based Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS). In addition, the increase was needed to offset currency fluctuations, which have had a negative effect on WADA’s budget.

“I am very pleased that the Board saw the necessity in approving an increased budget for 2005,” said Richard W. Pound, WADA’s president. “This increase is the absolute minimum necessary for WADA to not only meet its responsibilities under the Code, but to continue to move forward in crucial areas such as research and education.”

The Board was also updated on the status of WADA’s funding. To date this year, WADA has received nearly U.S. $20 million in dues owed by governments and the Olympic Movement since 2002. The Agency has now received approximately 80 percent of its budget for 2004. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), on behalf of the Olympic Movement, matches dollar for dollar contributions made by governments.

“Governments seemed to have moved past the teething problems they had in funding WADA the first few years of our existence,” Pound said. “They are showing their commitment to the fight against doping and this allows us to do what is asked of us on a worldwide basis.”

WADA amended its statutes this year to require that all governments pay their dues or be excluded from participation at WADA Foundation Board and Executive Committee meetings, as well as risk sanction from the sporting movement by being barred from hosting international events.

Chair and Vice-Chair

Pound was unanimously re-elected as chairman of WADA's Foundation Board for another three years.  The Agency had asked for nominations from the Board for the position and only one nomination was submitted.

In addition, Brian Mikkelsen, minister of sport for Denmark, was unanimously elected to the position of vice-chair. It is intended that when the chairmanship of the Board is held by the Olympic Movement, then the vice-chair position be filled by a government representative and vice versa. Mikkelsen’s name was the only nomination put forth by the governments for the position.

“It is a pleasure for me to continue to serve WADA and the fight against doping for another term, as well as to work more closely with Brian Mikkelsen,” Pound said. “Denmark has always been a stalwart supporter of the anti-doping fight and Brian has shown his commitment to WADA many times, most notably by hosting the World Conference on Doping in Sport last year.”

“WADA is built upon a partnership between the Olympic Movement and governments of the world,” Mikkelsen said. “This partnership is reflected in all the work the Agency carries out and it is now evident in WADA’s leadership, as well. I look forward to working with Dick Pound, who has been an excellent leader and I am pleased he will stay on for another term.”

Mikkelsen will serve as vice-chair for one year.

Athletes’ Working Committee

The Executive Committee approved the formation of an athletes’ working committee, which will allow WADA closer contact with athletes and give the Agency better insight into their questions and concerns regarding doping. The committee will be chaired by Viacheslav Fetisov, chairman of the State Committee for Physical Culture and Sport in the Russian Federation and former Olympic champion in ice hockey, and will begin meeting next year following a nomination and selection process for members.

“We are very pleased that we will now have a new mechanism for working even more closely with athletes,” said David Howman, WADA’s director general. “As a former athlete and a prominent member of his government, Mr. Fetisov will bring great insight to his role as chair of this committee. I am confident that through the work of this committee, and through its interaction with our Athlete Outreach program, we will do a better job of educating athletes about the consequences of doping.”

New Laboratory Accredited

The Executive Committee also approved the accreditation of a new laboratory in Warsaw, Poland. This brings to 33 the number of accredited laboratories.

WADA took over the process of accreditation and re-accreditation from the IOC at the beginning of 2004. The Agency has also reached a collaborative agreement with the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), which proves an opportunity to conduct the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) assessment concurrently with the ISO/IEC 17025 assessment for the accredited laboratories.

New Executive Committee, Board Members named for 2005

The Foundation Board named a new Executive Committee for the 2005 calendar year. Changes to the 12-member Committee include the addition of Jean- François Lamour, the French minister for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Work and former Olympic champion in fencing, who commenced his term immediately with the meeting on November 20.

In addition, Foundation Board member Scott Burns, deputy director for state and local affairs of the United States White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, will become the new representative from the Americas on the Executive Committee. Stephen Owen, Canada’s minister of Western economic diversification and minister of state for sport, who will represent the Americas on the Committee until 2005, will become the head of WADA’s ethics and education committee. In this role, he will continue to participate in Executive Committee meetings. 

With regard to government representatives on the Foundation Board, Malaysia, replacing Iran, will be represented by Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said.  From the Olympic Movement, Russian swimmer Aleksandr Popov will replace Susie O'Neill on the Board.  Other new appointments by governments and the Olympic Movement to the Board will be announced prior to next year's Board meeting in May.

New members were also appointed for 2005 to WADA’s three existing committees: ethics and education; finance and administration; and health, medical and research. 

Latin America Office

The Executive Committee approved moving forward with the establishment of a regional office in Latin America. WADA has received expressions of interest from three cities in Latin America to host the office: Bogota, Colombia; Santiago, Chile; and Montevideo, Uruguay.

WADA will now form an exploratory commission to evaluate each of the candidate cities and present its results to the Executive Committee and Foundation Board at their meetings in May 2005.