April 4, 2006
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WADA Reiterates Trouble Surrounding World Baseball Classic Anti-Doping Activities

Following the press statement released on April 1st by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) about doping control procedures at the past World Baseball Classic (WBC), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) reiterates its trouble over baseball officials’ delay in making public the anti-doping practices before and during the WBC.

WADA’s repeated requests of baseball officials to provide the details of the anti-doping policies and their implementation have been met with refusal until one week after the end of the event. WADA has now finally received some elements of information from IBAF, but not enough to make it possible to determine whether the WBC anti-doping activities were in conformity with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), the world-recognized anti-doping standard.

Furthermore, WADA deeply regrets that IBAF waited until the end of the WBC to renew the customary agreement that allows the Agency to perform out-of-competition testing on the federation’s athletes, which had expired in December 2005. This vexing delay by IBAF prevented important no-notice out-of-competition testing of WBC participants by the Agency in the lead-up to the event.

As the independent organization responsible for coordinating the global fight against doping in sport and monitoring compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code by its signatories, including IBAF, WADA now expects to receive a complete report of the in- and out-of-competition controls performed as part of the WBC, as stated by IBAF in their press release, as well as all other relevant documents and information. Upon review of this material, WADA hopes to be able to determine whether the WBC anti-doping activities were compliant with the Code.

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the international independent organization created in 1999 to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its forms. The Agency is composed and funded equally by the sports movement and governments of the world. Its key activities include scientific research, education, out-of-competition testing, development of anti-doping capacities and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code – the first document harmonizing regulations regarding anti-doping in all sports and all countries.