7 January 2009

Registrations Now Open for WADA Media Symposium on February 24, 2009, in Lausanne

Registrations are now open for the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) fourth Media Symposium, to be held on February 24, 2009, at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

This symposium will be an opportunity for the media to hear from WADA's President John Fahey and Director General David Howman, among other speakers, who will provide updates about the Agency's work and mission, as well as the advances and the challenges of the fight against doping in sport.

2009 will be an important year for WADA in many respects. In November, the Agency will celebrate its tenth anniversary — a good time to review its achievements to date and discuss next steps. The revised World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards went into force on January 1. These revised documents, which are the result of broad consultation, are aimed at strengthening the global fight against doping in sport.

In addition, 2009 will see continued advances in WADA's key priority areas, including scientific research, longitudinal follow-up through the Athlete Passport concept, education and prevention, anti-doping development, and cooperation between sport and law enforcement authorities. To register, participants are requested to send the following details to media@wada-ama.org before February 10, 2009 : Name; Title; Organization; Mailing address; E-mail address; Phone; Fax.

Please note that for logistical reasons, registration is mandatory for all participants.