April 4, 2017
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WADA welcomes additional USD 100,000 commitment from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Funds will support the Agency’s key priorities

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) today welcomes an additional commitment of USD 100,000 from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is to be dedicated towards the Agency’s key priorities in the fight against doping in sport. The commitment is additional to Saudi Arabia’s 2016 annual contribution of USD 43,806.

“WADA is very appreciative to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its commitment to provide additional funding that will support WADA in tackling its key priorities for the months and years ahead,” said WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie. “During the recent Arab Anti-Doping Symposium in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recognized that for the Agency, and the broader anti-doping movement, to be strengthened in its role, greater funding is essential; and, as a result, the country has committed to invest a further USD 100,000 to strengthen the fight for clean sport,” Reedie added.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has always been a strong proponent of clean sport; and, recognizes that everyone has a role to play,” said His Royal Highness Abdullah Bin Mosaad Bin Abdulaziz, General Sport Authority and Chairman of Saudi Arabia Olympic Committee. “I hope that this contribution will assist WADA in focussing its energies on those areas that it has highlighted as crucial in protecting the rights of clean athletes worldwide,” he added.

The two-day Symposium that brought together states in the Arab region resulted in a series of recommendations and resolutions to ensure Arab states foster greater collaboration to protect the clean athlete, and enhance the quality of their anti-doping programs. As a leading nation in the region committed to clean sport, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also committed to assisting less developed nations to ensure a level playing field across all sports and all countries. Furthermore, it was also announced at the Symposium that Saudi Arabia was committing an additional USD 50,000 to the UNESCO Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport.  

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also contributed USD 500,000 to the Special Anti-Doping Research Fund from 2014 - 2016.

WADA has an annual budget of approximately USD 30 million.

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