24 July 2008
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WADA Thanks French Government for Contribution to Athlete Passport

Following up on their declarations at the Conference on Doping in Cycling held in Paris in October 2007, French Sport Minister Roselyne Bachelot and Secretary of State for Sport Bernard Laporte announced that France had decided to grant US$200,000 to WADA as part of the ongoing development of the Athlete Passport concept.

"WADA is very grateful for the extra and significant contribution the French government is making to this program," said WADA Director General David Howman. "The Athlete Passport, the objective of which is to detect abnormal variations of an athlete's biological parameters through longitudinal follow-up, is an important new strategy in the fight against doping, and WADA is working actively with a long-term goal of its application on a universal scale."