The Executive Committee and Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will meet respectively on Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13, 2007, in Montreal, Canada, for the first time this year. While WADA's Executive Committee will meet for a second time this year on September 22, 2007, this will be the last meeting of WADA's Foundation Board-WADA's supreme decision-making body-prior to the Third World Conference on Doping in Sport, to be held by WADA in partnership with the Government of Spain on November 15-17, 2007, in Madrid, Spain. (More information on the Conference and registration details will be available mid-May.)
WADA's Executive Committee and Foundation Board will discuss the second working draft revision of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code)-the product of the second of three consultation phases with stakeholders. The draft will be sent to stakeholders and published in June 2007 for the third and last consultation phase. The Code review will culminate at the Third World Conference on Doping in Sport. (For more details on the Code review and consultation process, click here.)
WADA's Board and Executive Committee will also discuss key ongoing WADA projects, such as strategies to tackle organized doping schemes and trafficking through enhanced cooperation between government agencies and the sports movement. Another key project to be reviewed is the Athlete's Passport, to track biological data from athletes over a period of time in order to identify abnormal profiles in the context of the fight against doping. WADA is currently supporting pilot projects that will help to study the technical, scientific and legal feasibility of the concept, as well as provide the opportunity to test and develop the most appropriate models for decision-making in relation to abnormal profiles.
Among other topics to be addressed are updates on ratifications by individual countries of the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport; WADA's 2008 draft budget; 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, 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 Code, and regional offices.
In relation to these meetings, a press conference call has been organized for the media:
Wednesday, May 2, 2007, 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.
All interested journalists are required to contact WADA Media Relations Manager Frédéric Donzé at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to May 1 at 6:00 p.m. in order to receive the phone number they will need to dial to be part of the teleconference. WADA no longer initiates the call to regions of the world outside of North America. Journalists from all parts of the world are now required to dial in.
Contact for the media:
Frédéric Donzé, Manager, Media Relations & Communications
Phone : + 1-514-904-8820
E-mail : email@example.com