11 November 2007

Third World Conference on Doping in Sport to Open November 15

Final preparations are underway for the Third World Conference on Doping in Sport, organized by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) with the support of the High Council for Sport of Spain on November 15-17 in Madrid. Nearly 1,500 participants representing the Sport Movement, public authorities, the anti-doping community, athletes, observers, and the media, will gather at the Spanish capital's MunicipalConvention Center to discuss the state of the fight against doping in sport and consider further measures to be taken in this field.

The chief topic of discussion will be the revision of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code)—the core document adopted in 2003 by the Sport Movement and Governments of the world as the framework for the global harmonized fight against doping in sport. The draft revised Code being presented to WADA's Foundation Board for approval on November 17, 2007, is the product of a broad review process, which began in April 2006, and included three stages of consultations with stakeholders and drafting. The process of revising the Code is intended to fine-tune its provisions based on the experience gained to date and to strengthen global efforts against doping in sport. The final draft revision of the Code (which was published on October 15), as well as information on the Code review and consultation process, and a Q&A highlighting the major changes envisaged in the revised Code, can be found by clicking here.

The Third World Conference will also be the opportunity to review major advances made in the fight against doping since WADA's inception in late 1999, and to identify strategies to further strengthen anti-doping programs worldwide. This will include discussions as part of the Code review, as well as Conference sessions dedicated to specific areas of the fight against doping and of WADA's activities, such as science, education, the athletes' role, finance, and cooperation between anti-doping organizations and law enforcement authorities.

Lastly, at its November 17 meeting, WADA's Foundation Board will appoint WADA's next president and vice-president, whose three-year terms will commence on January 1, 2008. The third term of WADA's current president, Richard W. Pound, expires on December 31, 2007. For more information on WADA's presidency, click here.

Practical information in relation to the Conference, including the program and logistical details, can be found on the Conference Web site at http://www.wadamadrid2007.com/, available in English, Spanish and French. Live Web casts, daily recordings and daily summaries of the plenary sessions of the Conference will also be available from this Web site.

In addition, WADA issued last week a new issue of its flagship magazine Play True. This issue, titled Record Pace, retraces the evolution of the global campaign against doping in sport, beginning with the revolutionary act of Sport and Government uniting in 1999 and continuing through to the Third World Conference on Doping in Sport. Click here to download a copy of Play True.