March 12, 2007
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WADA Applauds Actions Targeting the Illegal Manufacture and Distribution of Doping Substances

New Era in Anti-Doping Must Involve Coordination with Law Enforcement

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) today commended recent action in the United States targeting a wide scale doping scheme involving the illegal manufacture and distribution of performance enhancing drugs, and urged increased cooperation among multiple government and law enforcement agencies around the globe to attack these sinister elements in the doping underground.

“The ‘upstream’ organizers of doping on a broad scale, including traffickers and members of the athlete entourage, must be held accountable,” said WADA President Richard W. Pound. “They are well-organized and well-financed individuals and groups who prey on athletes and youth and who profit from cheating while risking very little themselves. There is a necessary and inevitable evolution underway in the global fight against doping in sport, expanding beyond the traditional model that targets athletes through testing, research and education. It requires a more unified and cooperative action among law enforcement and anti-doping agencies to shut down source and supply.”

Measures have been taken affirming the jurisdiction and duty of government and law enforcement to limit the availability and movement of banned substances and to hold accountable those who facilitate their abuse. The UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport, giving governments the practical tool for aligning their domestic policies with the World Anti-Doping Code, came into formal effect on February 1, 2007. At the same time, WADA and Interpol, the world’s largest police organization, have agreed to work closely together.

“These are important steps, yet more assertive and collaborative action is needed,” said WADA Director General David Howman. “We are calling on governments around the world to give law enforcement agencies the framework and tools necessary to shut down the large scale doping schemes, and to facilitate collaboration between law enforcement and sports authorities in their investigative work so that sport can sanction those who facilitate and profit from cheating.”

A special issue of WADA’s flagship magazine Play True dedicated to the new evolution in the fight against doping was released today. Among items featured are highlights from a recent research study on the international trafficking of doping substances and a look at new and innovative strategies adopted to facilitate collaboration between sport and government in investigations. Click here to download a copy of Play True.