The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will welcome members representing governments from all regions of the world and the Olympic Movement to its Executive Committee and Foundation Board meeting on May 14 and 15.
Under discussion at the meetings in Montreal will be a wide range of topics related to the anti-doping community, including the following:
Coordinating investigations and sharing anti-doping information and evidence
WADA Director General David Howman will present to the members at both meetings an initiative designed to increase working relationships between Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) and law enforcement agencies from around the world.
The document is not intended as a formal part of the World Anti-Doping Code, but rather as a guideline for how ADOs can develop a more concerted approach to the fight against doping in sport by working with, and sharing information with, the law enforcement agencies.
Included in the document are a series of case studies that offer ample proof of the benefits of multi-agency cooperation, and an explanation of how the document is the result of a series of investigations symposia hosted by the USA, UK and Australia.
Athlete Biological Passport and ADAMS
Members will also be given a detailed insight into the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP), its purpose as a successful means for effective targeting, and the need for ABPs to be incorporated into ADAMS (Anti-Doping Administration and Management System).
The ABP Program was approved by the WADA Foundation Board in 2009 and has shown to be a successful means of identifying possible anti-doping rules violations. As such, WADA continues to advise its stakeholders on the requirements to establish ABP programs.
Code implementation and Compliance Report
There will also be an assessment of the positive developments made by the anti-doping community with regards to implementing the World Anti-Doping Code.
An interim update will be given on the Compliance Report and include a review of the implementation of Code-compliant programs.
Regional Anti-Doping Organizations
The Regional Anti-Doping Organizations’ role in the fight against doping in sport increases by the year. An update on their activities will be presented, and in particular their efforts to help member nations become compliant to the Code.