The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced that Government and the Sport Movement contributions to the agency's annual budgets have annually accelerated since public authorities began contributing to WADA's funding in 2002, and by year-end 2007, a record 95.85 percent had been submitted for the year. WADA expects 2008 contributions to exceed this level as all stakeholders around the world recognize their responsibility to the global fight against doping in sport.
"WADA is delighted with the accelerated and growing participation of public authorities in the global fight against doping in sport," said WADA Director General David Howman. "The funds are critical to enabling WADA to implement programs that our Government and Sport stakeholders have designated as priorities and strategies to stem the scourge of doping around the world."
WADA is an equal partnership between the Sport Movement and Governments of the world. As such, each is responsible for half of the agency's funding. The International Olympic Committee, on behalf of the Sport Movement, matches dollar-for-dollar the contributions submitted by Governments, and fully funded WADA in its first two years of existence.
Now less than one month into the new year, WADA received more than 26 percent of its budget for 2008, set at US$24 million. Full contributions for 2008 have been received from Australia and New Zealand on behalf of the Oceania region, Aruba, Barbados, Belgium (Flemish Community), Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, Georgia, Iceland, India, Ireland, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mali, Mauritius, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russian Federation, Seychelles, Sweden, Thailand, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom.
For more information on WADA’s budget and the countries that have paid their dues in 2002-2008, click here.