August 30, 2007
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Clarification on WADA's Role at Upcoming Cycling World Championships

In response to several inquiries about WADA's role at the upcoming Cycling World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, WADA would like to clarify the following points.

WADA never conducts in-competition tests. WADA has an out-of-competition testing program that complements the international federations’ (IFs) programs to help them fulfill their responsibility under the World Anti-Doping Code.

WADA participated in the first meeting of the "anti-doping steering group" of the Cycling World Championships as an observer following an invitation from the German government. On this occasion and other occasions, WADA emphasized that, as the international agency responsible for monitoring the fight against doping in sport, it has no jurisdiction or authority over events organized by an IF. To participate in an event organized by an IF in any fashion, WADA needs a formal invitation from the IF responsible early enough prior to that event.

WADA offered at the first meeting of the "anti-doping steering group" to monitor testing at the Cycling World Championships through an Independent Observer mission. (Click here for more information on the Independent Observer program.) However, to date, the Agency has received no such request from the International Cycling Union (UCI), who has already signed all contracts in relation to anti-doping at the event.