On November 19-20, 2007, the Hon. John Fahey A.C., president-elect of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), spent two days at WADA headquarters in Montreal meeting with WADA management and discussing strategies for future activities. The meetings, held only two days following his election as WADA’s incoming president, were intended to provide Mr. Fahey with an in-depth briefing of WADA’s activities and programs in the lead-up to his taking office on 1 January 2008.
“It has been extremely important and helpful for me to consult with WADA’s highly skilled and experienced staff and to seek their views on current and future strategies in the global fight against doping in sport,” said Mr. Fahey. “These briefings will help me to get ahead of the learning curve so that I can hit the ground running come January 1.”
At its November 17, 2007, meeting, held in Madrid (Spain) in conjunction with the Third World Conference on Doping in Sport, the WADA Foundation Board elected Mr. Fahey, former Finance Minister of Australia and a representative of Governments, as its next president. Prof. Arne Ljungqvist, member of the International Olympic Committee, chairman of WADA's Health, Medical and Research Committee and representing the Olympic Movement, was chosen as the vice president.
WADA’s leadership is nominated by each of the two sets of stakeholders—the Olympic Movement and Governments—following the principle of rotation so that there will be an alternation of representation between the Sport Movement and Governments in the president and vice president positions respectively.
“Mr. Fahey’s extensive experience and acumen in leading major initiatives, including at the cabinet level of government, will serve him well as president of the international agency responsible for working with Sport and Governments in leading the global harmonized fight against doping in sport,” said WADA Director General David Howman.
WADA's current president, Mr. Richard Pound, representing the Olympic Movement, was appointed as WADA’s president when WADA was created in November 1999. He was reappointed in 2001 and 2004 for two further terms, the latter to expire on December 31, 2007.
Mr. Fahey and Prof. Ljungqvist will serve a three-year term each, to begin on January 1, 2008.