25 November 2009

WADA Hosts Successful First RADO Conference

WADA, in cooperation with the Olympic Council of Asia, hosted the First Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) Conference from November 19-21, 2009, in Kuwait.

There are currently 15 independent RADOs, established with the assistance and the support of WADA, encompassing 122 countries. Thirty eight participants attended the Conference, including representatives from 14 of the 15 RADOs, as well as key stakeholders such as International Federations, National Anti-Doping Organizations and Continental Olympic Associations.

Over the three days, participants evaluated the effectiveness of the RADO Program to date and discussed various topics such as governance, management, sustainability, implementation of anti-doping programs, education programs, and future strategies.

At the end of the Conference, participants agreed to the following:

1. RADOs are needed to assist in the development of anti-doping programs worldwide;
2. Significant progress has been made as a result of the RADOs, however more can be done;
3. The RADOs should continue to focus on development and assist each other in the implementation of anti-doping programs;
4. RADOs need the support of National Olympic Committees, governments and other key stakeholders to ensure self-sustainability;
5. All participants will continue to work together and learn from each other.

Based on the outcomes of this Conference, WADA will develop a strategy to ensure the self-sustainability of all of the RADOs worldwide.