The WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board 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.
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.