August 29, 2005
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WADA Appoints Head of Latin American Office

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Diego Torres Villegas as Director of WADA’s Latin America Regional Office.

Mr. Villegas joins WADA after serving a number of years with the Colombian Institute of Sports (Coldeportes) as manager of its International Affairs office. A licensed architect, Mr. Villegas is fluent in several languages including Spanish and English. He will be responsible for WADA’s Latin American office, to be located in Montevideo, Uruguay.

In May 2005, WADA’s Executive Committee made the move to open a regional office in Montevideo following numerous expressions of need for anti-doping information and support by countries and sports in the Latin American region. The office is scheduled to be operational by year-end, and will join those serving Europe (Lausanne, Switzerland), Asia/Oceania (Tokyo, Japan), and Africa (Cape Town, South Africa). WADA is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.

Regional offices are a key element to WADA’s fight against doping in sport, increasing understanding and facilitating implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code). The offices carry out a number of duties in conjunction with the staff in Montreal, aimed at promoting a doping-free culture in sport. Roles and responsibilities include liaising with stakeholders in their respective regions, actively promoting WADA and its mission, providing information to the media and public on doping issues, and coordinating projects relating to education, communications, and Code implementation.

WADA is the international independent organization created in 1999 to promote, coordinate, and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its forms.