WADA President John Fahey recognized Japan’s contribution to the fight against doping in sport at a ceremony in Tokyo on Monday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA).
Mr. Fahey was among a group of distinguished guests that also included the Japanese Minister for Sport Mr. Tenzo Okumura, WADA Director General David Howman and Dr. Mani Jegathesan, Chair, Medical & Anti-Doping Commission, Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).
Also attending the ceremony were members of the WADA Athlete Committee, JADA’s key national stakeholders and representatives from 24 nations across Asia.
“I am delighted to be here to recognize the good work of JADA and the strong anti-doping messages Japan delivers to athletes within its own country and across the wider Asia region,” Mr. Fahey said during his address.
“Japan and JADA have been significant supporters of WADA since it was set up in 1999. The two agencies have strong ties and enjoy a relationship that until recently extended to Japan seconding a member of staff to WADA’s offices in Montreal.
“I must also highlight the excellent supportive role JADA has played in helping set up and sustain the Asian Regional Anti-Doping Organizations. WADA relies on the larger NADOs taking on extra responsibility and in this regard JADA has been exemplary.”
JADA President Professor Hidenori Suzuki responded by expressing his gratitude to all the domestic stakeholders and by paying tribute to the bonds JADA has developed with WADA, OCA and the Asian anti-doping organizations.
In highlighting JADA’s achievements since it was established with a three-strong staff, Professor Suzuki explained how the agency had developed programs for testing, education and information, Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) and sports pharmacy.
He also said that JADA would continue to enhance its education and communications strategy to help deliver strong ethical and health messages.
Mr. Howman also made a presentation and warned representatives against “doping fatigue” and explained how the anti-doping community needed more “champions” in both government and sport.
WADA’s contribution to proceedings also included an outline of the Code Review Process by WADA Legal Counsel Olivier Niggli.
Attendees were given an in-depth explanation of the process, how they can contribute to the Code’s development, and the importance of making it as robust as possible for the world’s anti-doping community.