Yesterday morning the World Conference witnessed the conclusion of the intervention sessions, with a session dedicated to both the Sport Movement and Public Authorities.
The Sport Movement session reiterated the same overwhelming support for the principles of the revised Code as was seen during Wednesday’s sessions. Speakers included Olympic champion swimmer Kirsty Coventry, World skeleton champion Adam Pengilly, representatives from the IPC, IFs, NOCs, INAS (International Federation for sport for para-athletes with an intellectual disability), the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Of particular note was the support for the doping risk assessment and the role WADA will play in working with sport to develop testing plans based on risk assessment and other elements to ensure the best analysis approach.
Backing for stronger sanctions, as well as the importance stressed for all ADOs to implement the revised Code and Standards in a responsible and effective way following approval of the new documents were also discussed. During the Public Authority interventions, Ministers, senior government officials, NADOs and the first intervention from a RADO cemented the endorsement of the Code and International Standards, ensuring a stronger chorus of support than the previous day for both the process and proposed Code changes.
The interventions were delivered on behalf of a diverse range of countries including Japan, China, New Zealand, Australia, USA, South Africa, Jamaica, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire and Denmark.
The afternoon saw individual sessions dedicated to the review of four of the five International Standards: International Standard for Testing and Investigations, International Standard for Laboratories, International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information and the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions. The sessions included interventions from registered participants. There was also an opportunity for participants to provide input on the presentations of each of the four Standards. All Standards were endorsed, while one change was made to the International Standard for Laboratories in relation to the long-term storage of samples, which is to be discussed at this morning’s Executive Committee meeting.