The Executive Committee and Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will meet respectively Sunday, November 20, and Monday, November 21, 2005, in Montreal.
At this meeting, WADA’s Foundation Board will select a host city for the third World Conference on Doping in Sport, to be held in 2007. Members of WADA’s Executive Committee approved at their meeting in May the publication of a call for tender to host the Conference, recognizing it as an important opportunity to assess the status of the fight against doping following the implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code and the International Convention against Doping in Sport, and to identify the next steps that should be taken. WADA received informal expressions of interest from many cities around the world and final formal bids from three cities. These cities are: Bangkok, Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Madrid, Spain.
The Foundation Board also will elect a WADA vice chairman for 2006. Brian Mikkelsen, the Minister of Sport of Denmark, was elected to this position in November 2005 for a one-year term. It is intended that when the WADA chairmanship is held by a member from the Olympic Movement as it is currently, then the vice chairman position be filled by a government representative.
Other subjects to be addressed by the Board and Executive Committee include the adoption of WADA’s 2006 budget; the appointment of the Executive Committee for 2006; updates on the International Convention against Doping in Sport adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in October; and progress of the implementation of the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS).
Board and Executive Committee members also will be updated on WADA’s activities in the areas of research, testing, education, finance, Independent Observers, and regional offices.
In relation to these meetings, a press conference call has been organized for the media:
Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 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, 1-800-243-1012. Media representatives from other parts of the world should, prior to November 14 at 6 p.m. Montreal time, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.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.