Montreal, October 12, 2006 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will hold a symposium for journalists January 24, 2007, at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Following the recent rash of high-profile doping cases and investigations in various sports and countries, 2007 will be an important year for WADA in many respects. Based on three years of successful practical implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code)—the document harmonizing anti-doping rules and regulations across all sports and all countries—WADA launched with its stakeholders a review of the document with the intent to fine-tune it and enhance anti-doping programs worldwide. This process includes three phases of consultation and will culminate at the Third World Conference on Doping in Sport, to be organized by WADA on November 15-17, 2007, in Madrid, Spain. Next year, governments worldwide will also continue to individually ratify the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport, the treaty through which they align their domestic policy with the Code.
2007 will bring further developments into WADA’s key priority areas of work including research, testing, education, anti-doping development, and monitoring of stakeholders’ compliance with the Code.
In the light of these developments and activities, WADA invites all interested journalists for a day of interaction and updates about the Agency’s work and mission, as well as the advances and the challenges of the fight against doping in sport in general.
Those present at the event will include:
• Richard W. Pound, WADA President
• David Howman, WADA Director General
• Olivier Rabin, WADA Science Director
Program details, registration information and other logistical details will be available soon.