May 1, 2006
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FIFA Situation, Hypoxic Conditions among Topics to be discussed by WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board <BR>on May 13-14

Teleconference with Richard W. Pound for journalists on May 11

Montreal, 1 May 2006 - The Executive Committee and Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will meet respectively Saturday, May 13, and Sunday, May 14, 2006, in Montreal.

At this meeting, WADA’s Executive Committee and Foundation Board will discuss the consequences of the advisory opinion released on April 24 by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on the question of non-compliance of FIFA (football) anti-doping rules with the World Anti-Doping Code. This independent opinion confirmed that FIFA rules differ with the Code in several key areas.

WADA Executive Committee members will also discuss the status of artificially-induced hypoxic conditions following review by the Agency’s scientific committees and Ethical issues review panel, and may determine whether this method should be included in the draft 2007 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods to be circulated among stakeholders.

Other subjects to be addressed by the Board and Executive Committee include anti-doping activities at the 2006 Olympic and Paralympic Games and at the Commonwealth Games; WADA’s 2007 draft budget; the latest news on the development of Regional Anti-Doping Organizations facilitated by WADA in parts of the world where there is little or no established anti-doping programs; updates on ratification by governments of the International Convention against Doping in Sport; and progress of the implementation of the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS).

Board and Executive Committee members will also be updated on WADA’s activities in the areas of research, testing, education, finance, Independent Observers, monitoring of stakeholders’ compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code, and regional offices.

In relation to these meetings, the following events have been organized for the media:

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 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, 1-888-942-8173. Media representatives from other parts of the world should, prior to May 10 at 6 p.m. Montreal time, send an e-mail 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.

Saturday, May 13, 2006 – Executive Committee Meeting

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

Sunday, May 14, 2006 – Foundation Board Meeting, Press Conference

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 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 12, Frédéric Donzé, at frederic.donze@wada-ama.org, or at + 1-514-904-8820.

An office for journalists will be available at the Delta Hotel throughout the day on May 14.

3:30 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 WADA’s reception at + 1-514-904-9232).

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

Contact for the media:
Frédéric Donzé, WADA Media Relations Manager
Phone : + 1-514-904-8820.
E-mail : frederic.donze@wada-ama.org

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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.