2 September 2016

WADA publishes 2015 Annual Report

Agency leads global, collaborative, clean sport campaign on budget of USD 27.5 million

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) today published its 2015 Annual Report, under the theme Shaping the Future for Clean Sport – a Report that is an important element of WADA’s commitment to transparent and accountable governance.

The Annual Report provides a snapshot of WADA’s key 2015 activities and accomplishments in leading the collaborative worldwide campaign in support of the clean athlete.  WADA delivered these on a  budget of approximately USD 27.5 million, which is based on contributions from the public sector that, in turn, are matched by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). 

“In what was an unprecedented year for anti-doping, the 2015 Annual Report reflects the ever-increasing demands on WADA and the amount that is achieved on a modest budget of USD 27.5 million by a very dedicated team of 81 people worldwide,” said WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie.

“With the introduction of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, WADA oversaw implementation, by 680 signatories worldwide, of the enhanced rules set out within the Code,” said Director General, Olivier Niggli.  “The Agency also used its newly-granted powers of investigation to launch the Independent Commission into doping in international athletics,” Niggli continued.  “With 2015 now well behind us, 2016 is also proving to be a year without precedent and WADA is committed, along with its partners, to shaping the optimal future for clean sport.”

Among other 2015 activities and accomplishments, the Report highlights:

  • Introduction of the enhanced World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards – resulting in approximately 850 Anti-Doping Rule Violations and more than 30 athletes sanctioned through the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP)
  • Creation of the internal Compliance Task Force and the external, independent, Compliance Review Committee
  • Establishment and conclusion of the USD 1.5 million Independent Commission into doping in international athletics
  • Five new ratifications of the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport
  • Introduction of the Annual Anti-Doping Rule Violations Report as a complement to the Annual Testing Figures Report
  • 28 Scientific Research Grant proposals selected totalling budget allocation of USD 3.5 million
  • Three Social Science Research Grant proposals selected totalling budget allocation of USD 206,326
  • Four Independent Observer missions at international events
  • Four Athlete Outreach programs at multi-sport events