The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce the appointments of its Working Committees for the year 2008. The Working Committees play a key advisory role in policy and priority development for the international agency responsible for monitoring and coordinating the global fight against doping in sport.
The Committee appointments were approved by the WADA Foundation Board at its meeting on November 17, 2007, in Madrid (Spain), hosted in conjunction with the Third World Conference on Doping in Sport. Nominations for committee membership are sought each year from WADA’s stakeholders, including government and sport authorities. A rotation system ensures that one-third of committee members are replaced every year.
The Committees, whose responsibilities are described below, report to the Executive Committee, WADA’s supreme decision-making body.
The Health, Medical & Research Committee (HM&R) provides expert advice to enable WADA to serve as world leader on health, medical and research issues related to drug-free sport. The HM&R Committee monitors scientific developments in sport to safeguard doping-free sport practice, oversees the various scientific working groups in relation to the Prohibited List, Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE), and Laboratory Accreditation, and participates in the selection process of scientific research projects.
WADA’s Athlete Committee represents the views and rights of athletes worldwide, while providing insight and oversight into athletes’ roles and responsibilities as it relates to anti-doping. The committee is comprised of Olympic, Paralympic and other elite-level athlete leaders from around the world who assist in raising awareness about anti-doping and promote the Play True message, as well as actively liaise with and provide feedback from government, regional and national leaders about anti-doping initiatives.
The Education Committee provides expert advice, recommendations and guidance to WADA management with respect to both short-term education strategies and activities, and longer term approaches to WADA’s education programs.
The Finance & Administration Committee advises WADA management and the Executive Committee with respect to budget development, funding, and financial and administrative policy.
WADA’s Working Groups, whose mandates are to provide specific expert advice on certain areas, are also included.