7 November 2014

New Zealand contributes to Anti-Doping Research Fund

New Zealand has become the sixth country to offer its support to the Anti-Doping Research Fund announced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
New Zealand’s contribution of US $20,000 is part of an initiative taken by governments worldwide to match the IOC’s pledge to invest US $10 million in innovative anti-doping research.

New Zealand’s financial commitment provides a further boost to the IOC and WADA in their efforts to fund innovative athlete-centered anti-doping research, which will explore new techniques for the detection of prohibited substances and methods.

Governments still have until 16 November to make commitments to contributions that will help raise the total research fund for the joint IOC-WADA initiative to US $20million.

WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie: “There can be no doubting New Zealand’s zest for sport and firm belief in fair play, and I am therefore pleased that the country has pledged to commit financially to what is one of the main priorities for anti-doping – research.

“I would like to thank the Chief Executive of Drug-Free Sport NZ, Graeme Steele, the Chair of Drug-Free Sport NZ, Justice Warwick Gendall, and the New Zealand Government for their ongoing support of clean sport.”

The other countries that have already financially committed to the fund are Korea, Saudi Arabia, China, Turkey and the United States of America.