15 May 2019
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Statement by Mr. Marcos Diaz, Vice-Minister of Sports of the Dominican Republic and former WADA Presidential Candidate

"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Polish Minister of Sports, Witold Banka, President Elect of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and reiterate our commitment to collaborate unconditionally with his team and with WADA officials to ensure a successful mandate. Together we can continue to strengthen the institution and achieve its main objectives of guaranteeing a clean sport and an equitable playing field for athletes, while promoting education and prevention.

On behalf of the Public Authorities of the Americas, I would like to express my gratitude to the International Community and all relevant stakeholders for the constant expressions of support received during this process, especially to those who deposited their trust in our candidature and vision.

It has been an enriching, exciting and intense journey, filled with satisfaction. Undoubtedly, it has contributed exponentially to our personal and professional growth.

Once again, thank you very much for all the support and appreciation."

- Mr. Marcos Diaz