November 2, 2006
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WADA Executive Committee and Board to Elect Vice-President, Discuss Code Review and Current Anti-Doping Issues on November 19-20

The Executive Committee and Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will meet respectively on Sunday, November 19, and Monday, November 20, 2006, in Montreal, Canada.

WADA's Executive Committee and Foundation Board will discuss the working draft revision of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code)-the product of the first of three consultation phases with stakeholders. The draft will be sent to stakeholders by January 2007 for the second consultation phase. The Code review will culminate at the Third World Conference on Doping in Sport, held by WADA in partnership with the Government of Spain on November 15-17, 2007, in Madrid, Spain. (For more details on the Code review and consultation process, click here.)

WADA's Board will also consider constitutional amendments involving Board membership and representation. The proposed changes would allow an increase of the Foundation Board membership from 36 to 38; and consequently permit the selection of a president and vice-president from outside of the Board; remove the restriction limiting service of individuals to three terms of three years; and support the principle of rotation in the president and vice-president seats for the alternation of representation between the sport movement and governments in the president and vice-president positions, with a limitation on consecutive tenure to six years unless no alternative nomination is made.

The Board is also to elect a WADA vice-president for 2007. The current vice-president, Brian Mikkelsen, Minister of Sport of Denmark, is completing the second of two consecutive one-year terms. (For more details on WADA's Presidency and Vice-Presidency and election procedures, click here.)

Among other topics to be addressed by the Board and Executive Committee are the appointment of the Executive Committee for 2007; the adoption of WADA's 2007 budget; updates on ratifications by individual countries of the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport; progress of anti-doping organizations in their implementation of the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS); and current issues in relation to recent doping cases and investigations.

In addition, Board and Executive Committee members will be updated on the Agency's activities in the areas of research, testing, education, anti-doping development, Independent Observers, monitoring of stakeholder compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code, and regional offices. In relation to these meetings, the following events have been organized for the media:

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - Teleconference

At 11:00 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.

Please note that the procedure for participating has changed. All interested journalists are required to contact WADA Media Relations Manager Frédéric Donzé at frederic.donze@wada-ama.org prior to November 14 at 6:00 p.m. in order to receive the phone number they will need to dial to be part of the teleconference. WADA will no longer initiate the call to regions of the world outside of North America. Journalists from all parts of the world will now be required to dial in.

Sunday, November 19, 2006 - Executive Committee Meeting

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

Monday, November 20, 2006 - Foundation Board Meeting, Press Conference

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 November 17, James Roach, WADA Communications Coordinator, at james.roach@wada-ama.org, or + 1-514-904-8796.

4:00 p.m. - A press conference will be held following the Foundation Board meeting. (The time is subject to change depending on the conclusion of the meeting. Please check with WADA's James Roach at + 1-514-904-8796.)

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