26 April 2010

WADA Executive Committee and Board to Discuss Anti-Doping Strategies on May 8-9

Media Opportunities: Press Conference on May 9, Press Conference Call on May 10 with WADA President and Director General

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Executive Committee and Foundation Board will meet respectively on Saturday, May 8, and Sunday, May 9, 2010 in Montreal.

During these meetings, Members representing governments of all regions of the world and the Olympic Movement will discuss anti-doping strategies, including WADA’s activities at the recent Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as outcomes of the Agency’s annual Anti-Doping Organization Symposium. The theme of this year’s symposium, which gathered more than 240 representatives of International Sports Federations (IFs) and National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) on April 13-14 in Lausanne, was “Implementing Effective and Efficient Anti-Doping Programs.”

The Executive Committee and Foundation Board will examine the ongoing review of the practical implementation of athlete whereabouts requirements by IFs and NADOs. This review, which WADA has consistently indicated it would conduct after one year of application of the revised International Standard for Testing, is aimed at assessing how World Anti-Doping Code (Code) signatories have enforced whereabouts requirements under the Code and how they have exercised their discretion in the management of registered testing pools. This will allow WADA to determine whether practical recommendations are needed to help stakeholders collect appropriate whereabouts information supporting effective testing programs (Click here for more information on whereabouts requirements.)

The Executive Committee will also consider approving non-WADA accredited laboratories (e.g. forensic laboratories, clinical laboratories) for blood analysis to support the Athlete Biological Passport. (Click here for more information on the Athlete Biological Passport.)

This proposal follows a number of requests from stakeholders to use properly approved, non-WADA accredited facilities to increase the number of laboratories worldwide that have the capacity to analyze blood for the specific purpose of the Program.

In addition, the Executive Committee and Foundation Board meetings will be an opportunity for Members to consider recent advances in anti-doping and to be updated on some of the Agency’s key activities. These include doping prevention; athlete education; anti-doping development; science; cooperation with law enforcement and pharmaceutical companies; ratification of the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport by individual governments; and issues related to recent doping cases and investigations.

Journalists will have the opportunity to attend and observe the Foundation Board meeting on May 9. A press conference will immediately follow the conclusion of the Board proceedings in the same room. A press conference call will be held the following day.

Sunday, May 9, 2010 — Foundation Board Meeting, Press Conference

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

9:00 am to 4:00 pm EDT — Foundation Board Meeting

As per WADA’s Statutes, the meeting is open to the media. Seats will be reserved inside the room for journalists who wish to attend. No audio or video taping of the meeting is permitted.

Photographers and cameramen will be allowed in the meeting room for a 5-minute camera spray prior to the start of the meeting.

4:00 pm EDT — Press Conference

Participants will include WADA’s President John Fahey and Director General David Howman.

Please note that the time is subject to change depending on the conclusion of the meeting.

Press Room
A workroom for journalists will be available at the Delta Hotel throughout the day on May 9.

Media representatives who wish to attend the meeting or the press conference must be accredited and are asked to contact Frédéric Donzé, WADA’s Media Relations & Communications Senior Manager, prior to May 7.

Monday, May 10, 2010  

11:00 am EDT— Press Conference Call

WADA’s President John Fahey and Director General David Howman will discuss the topics addressed at the Executive Committee and Foundation Board meetings and will respond to journalists' questions in a conference call.

Interested journalists are required to send an e-mail to Frédéric Donzé prior to 6:00 pm EDT on May 9, in order to receive the phone number needed to dial-in on May 10 to participate in the teleconference.

WADA contact for the Media:
Frédéric Donzé
Senior Manager, Media Relations & Communications
Phone : + 1 514 904 8820
E-mail : frederic.donze@wada-ama.org