Richard W. Pound, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) welcomed International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Dr. Jacques Rogge to the Agency’s headquarters on July 18, 2006. On his second official visit to WADA since its establishment in Montreal in 2002, Dr. Rogge met with WADA management and discussed the Agency’s progress in leading the global fight against doping in sport.
WADA Director General David Howman and key staff presented to Dr. Rogge a review of important milestones in WADA’s activities and highlighted current initiatives for continuing progress. Among priorities discussed were the commitment to scientific research for the detection of emerging doping substances and methods, the fostering of anti-doping programs in regions of the world where there exists limited or no anti-doping activities, the development of effective strategies for athlete and athlete entourage anti-doping education, and the importance of stakeholder implementation of strong no-advance-notice out-of-competition testing.
Composed and funded equally by the Sports Movement and Governments of the world, WADA was founded in 1999 as the international independent organization responsible for promoting, coordinating, and monitoring the fight against doping in sport in all its forms. The Agency coordinated the development and implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), the document harmonizing anti-doping policies in all sports and all countries. WADA established its headquarters in Montreal (Canada) in 2002.
(Left to right) Richard W. Pound, WADA President; Dr. Jacques Rogge, IOC President;
and David Howman, WADA Director General at WADA Headquarters in Montreal, (Canada)
on 18 July 2006.