The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) met on 18 June in Copenhagen, Denmark to discuss ways to enhance the collaboration between the two organizations for the benefit of clean sport. iNADO is the international member body for National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) that promotes best anti-doping practices by NADOs and represents its members as their international voice.
With iNADO’s membership of 67 NADOs accounting for 90% of the NADO testing activity worldwide, the organization has an important role to play in the protection and promotion of clean sport. The meeting, which was led by WADA President Sir Craig Reedie and iNADO Chair Michael Ask, identified a number of key areas of focus intended to further strengthen the WADA-iNADO relationship. These areas included:
- A commitment to further developing a collaborative partnership in all areas of clean sport.
- Working together to enhance anti-doping programs globally, with a focus on smaller, less-resourced countries through NADOs and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations (RADOs).
- Ensuring strong NADO representation on WADA Standing Committees, as outlined in the WADA Governance reforms agreed in .
Sir Craig said: “WADA relies on the expertise of and collaboration with a range of partners in leading the worldwide movement for doping-free sport and NADOs are at the heart of this mission. As we commit to ensuring that the NADOs are more strongly represented within WADA, we will also be working hard to reinforce our relationship by sharing resources and collaborating on important anti-doping initiatives. Put simply, a good and effective partnership between WADA and iNADO benefits both organizations as well as the wider clean sport movement.”
Mr Ask, who is also CEO of Anti-Doping Denmark, said: “iNADO is completely supportive of the work WADA does, primarily through the excellent contributions of its hard-working staff in developing practical programs to support clean athletes and clean sport. I am very pleased that WADA wants to engage further with iNADO. We all seek to enhance the level of anti-doping work worldwide and it makes a lot of sense that we use our resources collaboratively to make that happen.”
With WADA in the process of developing its new NADO-RADO program development strategy and iNADO going through its own strategic planning review, the time is ideal for the organizations to work together and seek synergies for the benefit of athletes.