On 22 June, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) signed an agreement with the Egyptian National Anti-Doping Organization (EGY-NADO) and the South Africa Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) to consolidate mutual efforts in the fight against doping.
The agreement will ensure that expertise is shared and best practice implemented to assist EGY-NADO as it continues to develop an anti-doping program in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and associated International Standards.
WADA Deputy Director General Rob Koehler, who signed the agreement on behalf of the Agency, said: “This is another step forward for anti-doping in Africa. This collaboration will go a long way to protecting the athletes’ fundamental right to participate in a doping-free environment. It will help ensure harmonized, coordinated and effective anti-doping programs at international and national level with regards to detection, deterrence and prevention of doping.
“On behalf of WADA, I would like to thank and congratulate EGY-NADO and SAIDS for providing the vision and energy to make this agreement happen and for making this commitment to step up the fight for clean sport.”
Through this agreement, EGY-NADO and SAIDS will devise and deliver a project identifying the approach for which EGY-NADO will develop its program, with SAIDS acting as a mentor and advisor for these activities. For its part, WADA will encourage and support these efforts, monitoring its progress and offering assistance where appropriate.