24 January 2008
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IOC and WADA Presidents Hold First Official Meeting

The Presidents of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, and of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Hon. John Fahey, met today at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, to discuss cooperation between the two organisations and enhanced strategies in the fight against doping in sport. This was the first official meeting between the two leaders since the commencement of Mr Fahey's term as WADA President on 1 January 2008. The meeting took place in the presence of the Presidents of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) as well as the Chairmen of the IOC Athletes' and Medical Commissions.

"The IOC has been wholeheartedly supporting WADA and will continue to do so in the future. Mr Fahey can count on the total commitment of the Olympic Movement in the fight against doping," said the IOC President. "WADA has come a long way with the establishment of the WADA Anti-Doping Code, for example, but challenges remain. Efforts are still needed to allow the full implementation of the Code by the Olympic Movement by 1 January 2009 and the adhesion by governments to the UNESCO Convention. I am confident that Mr Fahey will significantly help to move things forward," he continued.

"The IOC itself continues to enforce its zero-tolerance policy against doping through a comprehensive programme of testing during each edition of the Olympic Games—4,500 in-and out-of-competition tests will be carried out next summer in Beijing—by calling upon the cooperation of governments, by imposing financial penalties on National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and athletes, and by denying participation in the next Olympic Games for athletes and their entourage who have been sanctioned for more than six months," Rogge added.

"The IOC President and I had a very productive meeting that focused on the next steps to be taken to further strengthen the fight against doping in sport," said the WADA President. "The IOC was instrumental in WADA's inception in 1999 and, under President Rogge's leadership, has always shown tremendous support to WADA and an unwavering commitment to the fight against doping in sport. President Rogge assured me of his full and continued support to WADA's work."

"WADA is a unique partnership between the sports movement and governments of the world," continued Fahey. "As the first government representative to serve at the helm of WADA, it is important for me to meet with the leader of the Olympic Movement to discuss several areas in which the fight against doping can be advanced. For one, I will be focusing much attention on maximising the role of governments for enhanced cooperation and sharing of information between governmental and law enforcement agencies and sports authorities. High-profile doping cases and investigations underscore the fact that no sport and no country are immune to the threat of doping, as well as the critical need for strong collaborative sport-government efforts in confronting doping."

WADA is funded by and composed in equal parts of the Olympic Movement and governments of the world. Under the Agency's Statutes, the WADA Presidency and Vice-Presidency alternate between the sports movement and governments.