August 21, 2008
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WADA President Satisfied with Anti-Doping Progress, Urges Continued Momentum beyond Beijing Olympic Games

On the eve of the closing of the Beijing Olympic Games, the President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Hon. John Fahey, expressed his satisfaction at the Agency’s leadership and guidance in the global progress of the fight against doping in sport.

“While I will not comment on details of the Beijing anti-doping program conducted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) prior to the release of WADA’s Independent Observer report in the coming weeks, the spate of doping cases and investigations in the lead-up to the Games and the commitment of the IOC to protect the integrity of its event are just some indications that the worldwide fight against doping in sport has made a significant leap forward during the past few years under WADA’s stewardship,” Mr Fahey said. 

“Since WADA introduced the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) just four years ago, harmonization has considerably strengthened anti-doping activities. More sports have developed no notice out-of-competition testing programs, as required under the Code. Governments have become more involved on many different levels, including supporting robust national testing programs. Testing tactics themselves have gotten smarter, more targeted and more coordinated. With the support of government agencies, other evidence has been gathered to ensure that cheats who escaped detection from the analysis process are now brought to justice.”

Mr Fahey warned however that the fight against doping goes far beyond the Olympic Games. “The fight against doping is a 24-7-365 responsibility. I commend sport and governments for the work to date but urge all to follow through on their commitment to further strengthen and coordinate their anti-doping activities under the Code for the benefit of clean athletes worldwide. As the independent international organization responsible for coordinating and monitoring the global fight against doping in sport, WADA will continue to work tirelessly with all of its stakeholders to protect the health of the athletes and the integrity of sport worldwide.”