10 January 2008
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WADA Hails Anti-Doping Research Partnership

The World Ant-Doping Agency (WADA) applauds the creation of the Partnership for Clean Competition (PCC), a non-profit research entity announced by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Major League Baseball (MLB) and National Football League (NFL), for the detection and deterrence of banned and illegal substances in sport.

“By bringing together the major leagues with Olympic and anti-doping officials in a collaborative approach to tackle the scourge of doping in sport, the Partnership for Clean Competition (PCC) in the United States (U.S.) indicates a major forward initiative,” said WADA Director General David Howman.

“High-profile doping cases and large-scale investigations only underscore the realization in all countries and among all sectors of society that the fight against doping must be confronted in a concerted and coordinated way,” continued Howman. “This U.S. research initiative provides a significant multiplication of resources and is a model we hope will be replicated in other developed countries. We look forward to working with the PCC in a mutual exchange of expertise and outcomes in order to maximize advances in the fight for safe and fair competition.”

In 2001, WADA established the first and only internationally coordinated scientific research program dedicated to advancing the science of detection. As such, WADA has committed more than $31 million to more than 100 projects, engaging experts from all five continents.