February 18, 2008
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Countries of the Americas Give Strong Backing to WADA and the Fight against Doping

During the eighth meeting of the Americas Council of Sports (CADE), held in Montevideo (Uruguay) on February 14–15, 2008, the CADE member countries expressed their strong commitment to fight against doping in sports and their support of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), its mission and its activities.

In a move to fulfill the region’s funding commitments to WADA and to shore up vital resources committed to the global fight against doping, CADE member countries approved the formula for annual WADA contributions based on the current Organization of American States formula.

Member countries also voiced a strong call to those countries that have not yet ratified the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport to do so without delay, as the UNESCO Convention is the practical tool by which governments align their domestic policies with the universally approved World Anti-Doping Code.

All of the Americas countries are CADE members. Participants of this eighth assembly include: Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Equator, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haití, Honduras, Jamaica, México, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.

WADA is funded equally by the Olympic Movement and the governments of the world. In 2001, the governments determined and agreed to a region formula by which they fund half of WADA’s budget. Within each region, governments agree internally to each of their individual share.