March 16, 2006
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WADA at the Commonwealth Games

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is present at the Commonwealth Games through its Independent Observer (IO) and Athlete Outreach Programs, on 15-26 March in Melbourne, Australia.

Leading the team of Independent Observers is Professor Ichiro Kono, Chair of the Japanese Anti-Doping Agency. Other members include Rosa Mota, former Olympic and World Champion in marathon and WADA Athlete Committee member, from Portugal; Delphine Verheyden, a sports lawyer from France; Daisy Zereceda, Manager of the Anti-Doping Commission of Peru; George Walker, former Head of Sport at the Council of Europe, from the UK; and Shannan Withers, Senior Manager of WADA’s Executive Office.

The Athlete Outreach team, which has set up a booth in the Athlete Village, is composed of Jacqui Cooper, World Champion in freestyle skiing and WADA Athlete Committee member; Kate Lovell, Communications & Education Officer at the Australian Sports Drug Agency; Jacqui Finn, Games Operations Manager at the Australian Olympic Committee; Natanya Potoi, from the Motootua National Hospital in Samoa; Siobhan Leonard, from the Irish Sports Council; Suleiman Jabir, a doping control officer from Zanzibar; and Stacy Spletzer, WADA Outreach and Athlete Programs Manager.