Representatives of 29 countries as well as senior figures from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) are scheduled to attend this year’s Asia/Oceania Region Intergovernmental Ministerial Meeting on Anti-Doping in Sport, which will take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 18-19 June.
The meeting, which is the 15th such annual gathering, will be chaired by Sri Lanka’s Minister for Provincial Councils, Local Government and Sports, Hon. Faiszer Musthapha PC, and will gather together a number of representatives from governments and National Anti-Doping Organizations from across the two regions to discuss important anti-doping issues that will help in the fight for clean sport.
WADA President Sir Craig Reedie said: “This is an important meeting for the region and the global anti-doping movement. Asia/Oceania is a part of the world that is growing in importance from a sporting point of view. Asia alone comprises around 60% of the world’s population and 80% of the world's youth, a fact that has not escaped the leaders of many of the world’s biggest sports.
“The involvement of Asia/Oceania in the fight against doping in sport is hugely significant and is clearly reflected in WADA’s governance, with key members of our various committees hailing from this region.
“Above all, this meeting will be a show of solidarity from all countries who attend. It is pleasing to see such impressive commitment by the governments of the region to continue to invest their time and efforts in fighting doping in sport, and therefore protecting the rights of the clean athletes of the world.”
Hon. Minister Musthapha said: “The Government of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Anti-Doping Agency are delighted to be hosting this important meeting in Colombo. We know very well the importance of maintaining a level playing field for athletes around the world and meetings such as this provide vital information-sharing opportunities for governments and NADOs throughout the Asia/Oceania region. We remain committed to promoting the highest standards of anti-doping, both here in Sri Lanka and further afield.
“We look forward to a productive meeting and we are delighted that the WADA President Sir Craig Reedie will be in attendance along with other senior WADA figures. As always, they can be assured of a warm welcome as we continue to work closely together with the sport movement for the good of clean athletes and to fight against doping in sport.”
WADA will be joined at the meeting by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), representing the sport movement, representatives from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and 29 governments. In a packed agenda, the delegates will discuss how to make the most of government engagement, how the monitoring of compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code supports capacity building and a range of other topics.