May 2, 2005
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WADA Executive Committee, Foundation Board and new Athlete Committee to meet May 15 to 18

Opening of Latin American office, UNESCO Convention and ADAMS implementation among topics to be discussed

First meeting of WADA newly-formed Athlete Committee

Montreal, 2 May, 2005 – The Executive Committee and Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will meet respectively Sunday, May 15 and Monday, May 16, 2005 in Montreal. In addition, WADA’s newly-formed Athlete Committee will meet for the first time, May 17-18.

At its meeting, WADA’s Executive Committee will make a decision on the opening of a regional office in Latin America, based on the report prepared by the evaluation commission which last January visited the three cities interested in hosting such an office. These three cities are Bogota, Colombia; Montevideo, Uruguay; and Santiago, Chile.

Other subjects to be addressed by the Board and Executive Committee include WADA’s research and education activities; WADA’s out-of-competition testing program; updates on the International Convention against Doping in Sport being prepared under the auspices of UNESCO; implementation of the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS); plans for WADA’s Independent Observer and Athlete Outreach activities; and the Agency’s draft budget for 2006. Board and Executive Committee members will also receive an update on other WADA activities including monitoring of compliance with the Code.

WADA’s newly-formed Athlete Committee will discuss the Agency’s activities and projects. Members of the Committee will share their experience with anti-doping and will discuss ideas and insight to improve the fight against doping.

The following media events have been organized surrounding these meetings.

Thursday, May 12 - Teleconference

At 10 a.m., Montreal time, WADA’s President Richard W. Pound will discuss the topics to be addressed at the Board and Executive Committee meetings and will respond to journalists’ questions during a teleconference.

Journalists from North America who wish to participate should call, before 10 a.m. Montreal time, 1-800-259-0960. Media representatives from other parts of the world should, prior to May 11 at 6 p.m., Montreal time, send an email to frederic.donze@wada-ama.org with the number where they wish to be called for the teleconference. WADA will initiate the call to regions of the world outside of North America.

Sunday, May 15 – Executive Committee meeting

This meeting is not open to the media. No press conference will be held following the meeting.

Monday, May 16 – Foundation Board meeting, Press conference

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Meeting of WADA’s Foundation Board

Location: Delta Hotel Centre-Ville, Regency Room, 777 University St., Montreal

The meeting is open to the media. Seats will be reserved inside the meeting room for journalists who wish to attend. No audio or video taping of the meeting is allowed.

Photographers and cameramen will be allowed in the meeting room for a 5-minute camera spray prior to the start of the meeting.

Journalists who wish to attend the meeting must be accredited and are asked to contact, by May 13, Carolyn Riddle, coordinator for WADA’s communications department, at carolyn.riddle@wada-ama.org, or at + 1-514-904-8845.

An office for journalists will be available at the Delta Hotel throughout the day on May 16.

4:30 p.m. – A press conference will be held following the Foundation Board meeting (the time is subject to change depending on the meeting – please check with Carolyn Riddle at + 1-514-904-8845).

Location: Delta Hotel Centre-Ville, Regency Room, 777 University Street, Montreal.

May 17-18 – Athlete Committee meeting, Press conference

This meeting is not open to the media.

Wednesday, May 18 at 4 p.m. – Following WADA’s Athlete Committee meeting, a press conference will be held by WADA’s President Richard W. Pound and the Chair of the Committee, Viacheslav Fetisov (with Committee members in attendance).

Location: WADA’s Headquarters, Stock Exchange Tower, 17th floor, Montreal.