18 November 2008

Reminder — Press Conference with WADA President on November 23 Following Foundation Board Meeting

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Executive Committee and Foundation Board will meet respectively on Saturday, November 22, and Sunday, November 23, 2008, in Montreal, Canada, for the last time this year.

During these meetings, members representing governments of the world and the Olympic Movement will discuss the first official “Code Compliance Report.”

The World Anti-Doping Code—the document harmonizing regulations regarding anti-doping in all sport and all countries—assigns WADA the responsibility of monitoring and reporting on the implementation and enforcement of the Code by its signatories. The objective of this monitoring and reporting is to ensure efficiency of the harmonized fight against doping in sport and fairness to the athletes so that they benefit from strong and fair anti-doping policies and protection that are the same for all, no matter the sport, nationality or country where tested.

Following a two-year review process, the Board will discuss the compliance report and determine which anti-doping organizations are not compliant. As required under the Code, the list of non-compliant organizations will be posted on WADA’s Web site on November 25

WADA's Board and Executive Committee will also review advances made by the Agency in the development of the Athlete Passport concept. The fundamental principle of the Athlete Passport is based on the monitoring of an athlete’s biological parameters to detect abnormal variations that indirectly reveal the effects of doping, as opposed to the traditional direct detection of doping.

As the international independent organization responsible for coordinating and monitoring the global fight against doping in sport, WADA’s role and mandate is to provide harmonized practices that anti-doping organizations conducting longitudinal analyses for anti-doping purposes will have to follow to comply with the Code and the related International Standards. WADA is currently finalizing the development of these harmonized practices, which include, for example, protocols for collection, transportation, storage and analysis of samples, and for results management. 

In addition, the Foundation Board will consider WADA’s 2009 budget for approval, and the Executive Committee will consider social science research projects for approval as part of the Agency’s 2009 Social Science Research Grant Program. This program aims to support the design of preventive anti-doping education programs using an evidence-based approach.

Among other topics to be addressed at the meetings are updates on the implementation of the revised Code and International Standards, which will go into effect on January 1, 2009; the launch of WADA’s latest education initiative, the Play True Generation Program, at the Commonwealth Youth Games in October; the latest advances made in relation to WADA’s investigations strategy and WADA’s cooperation with Interpol; ratification of the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport by individual countries; progress of anti-doping organizations in their implementation of the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS); and current issues in relation to recent doping cases and investigations.

Members will also be updated on the Agency's activities in all areas, including athlete education, anti-doping development, science, the Independent Observer Program, as well as regional offices’ activities.

The following events have been organized for the media in relation to these meetings. Please note that the Executive Committee meeting on November 22 is not open to the media and that no press conference will be held following the meeting.

Sunday, November 23, 2008 — Foundation Board Meeting, Press Conference

Location: Delta Hotel Centre-Ville, Regency Room, 777 University St., Montreal.

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. — Meeting of WADA's Foundation Board. The meeting is open to the media. Seats will be reserved inside the meeting room for journalists who wish to attend. No audio or video taping of the meeting is allowed.

Photographers and cameramen will be allowed in the meeting room for a 5-minute camera spray prior to the start of the meeting. Journalists who wish to attend the meeting must be accredited and are asked to contact, by November 21, Frédéric Donzé, WADA’s Media Relations & Communications Senior Manager, at frederic.donze@wada-ama.org .

An office for journalists will be available at the Delta Hotel throughout the day on November 23.

4:00 p.m. — A press conference will be held following the Foundation Board meeting, with WADA’s President John Fahey and Director General David Howman. (The time is subject to change depending on the conclusion of the meeting.)