This week, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) took an active role at the 2017 SportAccord Convention in Aarhus, Denmark. A number of Agency representatives were on hand to discuss the current anti-doping context with International Federations (IFs); and, discuss the way forward together that will strengthen the global fight for Clean Sport.
The WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie, was invited to address the general assemblies and annual meetings of the umbrella organizations -- Summer Olympic IFs (ASOIF), Winter Olympic IFs (AIOWF), International Olympic Committee (IOC)-recognized IFs (ARISF); in addition to, the Alliance of Independent Recognized Members of Sport (AIMS) and the International World Games Association (IWGA) -- to emphasize the consensus reached by WADA’s Foundation Board during its November 2016 meeting concerning the way forward for Clean Sport. The President also outlined a number of key priorities that are currently being addressed; such as: further developing a strong WADA-led compliance program; ensuring a strengthened investigative capacity and robust Whistleblower Program; reviewing WADA’s accredited laboratories; looking at WADA’s governance structure; and, funding – all with the objective to ensure that the Agency, and the broader anti-doping movement, is Fit for the Future.
“WADA has been consulting diligently with the Sports Movement, Governments and other stakeholders to deliver a strengthened system, which reinforces athlete and public confidence in sport,” said WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie. “Collective efforts are underway on a number of fronts – efforts that are strongly backed by athletes worldwide,” Reedie continued. “I look forward to WADA’s Executive Committee and Foundation Board meetings next month; at which time, we will take stock of progress made and discuss next steps.”
In Aarhus, WADA’s delegation held numerous meetings with IFs, the IOC, National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and other organizations, including the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).
On 6 April, as part of the Convention, WADA and ARISF held the fourth edition of the ARISF-WADA Anti-Doping Coaching & Training Session. This joint initiative featured a series of discussions and presentations from IF anti-doping practitioners, WADA representatives and other experts who focused on a variety of topics, including: education, results management, the evolution of SportAccord’s Doping Free Sport Unit, and the IOC’s activities with regards to stored sample re-analysis (by Dr. Denis Oswald, Chairman of the IOC Ad Hoc Disciplinary Commission).
“This fourth ARISF-WADA anti-doping workshop was extremely informative and fruitful,” said Benjamin Cohen, Director, WADA European Regional Office and IF Relations. “It allowed IFs, WADA and other anti-doping stakeholders, to share experiences and ideas in an open and stimulating fashion,” Cohen continued. “WADA is grateful to ARISF for this partnership and looks forward to continuing to work closely with all IFs, IF umbrella organizations and the IOC to further enhance the quality of anti-doping programs across all sport,” he added.
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