May 12, 2006
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Reminder – Press Conference Following WADA Executive Committee and Board Meetings on May 14

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, a press confererence will follow:

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 13, 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.