4 December 2019

Reminder: WADA seeks nominations for 2020 Standing Committee member vacancies

Deadline to submit nominations is 20 December 2019

On 25 September 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced that it was seeking nominations for 2020 for a number of vacant member positions on its five Standing Committees, which report into WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo) and Foundation Board (Board); and, today, we wish to remind you that the deadline for submitting nominations is 20 December 2019.

The successful candidates will take office on or before 1 March 2020, which is the date that the nominations are expected to be approved by WADA’s ExCo.

There are various vacant positions on WADA’s five Committees in 2020. The number of vacancies varies per Committee subject to the current composition and rotation that is in place. The five Committees are:

  1. Athlete Committee   
  2. Compliance Review Committee
  3. Education Committee
  4. Finance and Administration Committee     
  5. Health, Medical and Research Committee  

[Note that there is one vacant position on the Compliance Review Committee and it is specifically to represent the Public Authorities.]

In accordance with WADA’s governing rules concerning Standing Committee composition and rotation, on an annual basis, the Agency seeks nominations from its stakeholders for candidates to fill upcoming vacancies. Accordingly, WADA invites its stakeholders to consider their respective regions and organizations; and, to nominate suitable candidates.

It must be noted that, in 2017 and 2018, WADA carried out a governance review, which resulted in a series of reforms that were endorsed by WADA’s Board in November 2018; including that, WADA’s Standing Committees are to be composed of a maximum of 12 members. In the past, some of the Committees have exceeded this number; and therefore, in order to adhere to this number and achieve an equal rotation, a maximum of four members only change each year based on terms of three years. However, in 2020, given that the positions of Chair are also vacant, there is a maximum of three member vacancies per Committee.

Also, exceptionally for 2020, Member terms will commence on 1 March vs. 1 January. This is due to the timing of certain governance reforms, which must be completed before the Standing Committees can be presented for approval by WADA’s ExCo.

Another recommendation resulting from the governance review was that the Education, Finance and Administration, and Health, Medical and Research Standing Committees must include an Athlete and a National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) representative. Some Committees already have such members; whereas, others need to be appointed for 2020. We encourage Athletes and NADOs to consider these opportunities.

Standing Committee Member Role

Below, WADA is pleased to provide links to the revised Terms of Reference for each WADA Standing Committee, which outlines the scope of work and details the functioning of the respective Committees.

How to apply

To be considered, all nominations must include the following and be forwarded by Friday, 20 December 2019, to Mr Olivier Niggli, WADA Director General (c/o e-mail: marjorie.chinnarassen@wada-ama.org or fax: +1 514 904 8743):

  • an updated curriculum vitae, which fully outlines the candidate’s experience and expertise; and
  • a letter of endorsement from one of WADA’s current Board members or a recognized WADA stakeholder group.

Any questions can also be directed to Mr Niggli, c/o Ms Chinnarassen.

About WADA

Formed in 1999, WADA is an international independent agency composed and funded equally by the Sports Movement and Governments of the world. As the global regulatory body, WADA’s primary role is to develop, harmonize and coordinate anti-doping rules and policies across all sports and countries. Its key activities include: ensuring and monitoring effective implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code and its related International Standards; scientific and social science research; education; intelligence and investigations; and building anti-doping capacity with anti-doping organizations worldwide.

WADA’s vision is a world where all athletes can compete in a doping-free sporting environment; and, the Agency’s mission is to lead a collaborative worldwide movement for doping-free sport.

WADA is composed of a 38-member Board,  which is WADA’s supreme decision-making body; a 12-member ExCo, which is WADA’s ultimate policy-making body and several Committees. The Board and ExCo are composed equally of representatives from the Sports Movement and Governments. The Board delegates the actual management and running of the Agency, including the performance of activities and the administration of assets, to the ExCo.