Athlete Committee

Athletes are at the core of WADA’s mission. Our athlete engagement strategy engages and empowers athletes at all levels by educating them on the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and associated International Standards (Standards), the rules that apply to them and how to help protect clean sport.

WADA’s Athlete Committee was established in 2005.  Its purpose is to provide an athlete perspective to WADA Management, the WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board on all relevant anti-doping matters, and to represent the views and rights of athletes as it relates to anti-doping. Its objectives are to:

  • Support and promote voices of athletes on anti-doping issues by engaging, informing and interacting with athletes, athlete representatives and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Continually solicit and share athlete feedback on WADA programs and activities;
  • Review, evaluate and provide guidance on educational programs and materials;
  • Provide insight to and feedback on the World Anti-Doping Program including the Code, Standards, ADAMS, etc.;
  • Act as ambassadors for WADA and role models for clean sport;
  • Promote WADA’s Outreach activities and participate in events upon request; and
  • Assist in reviewing and recommending effective ways to reach athletes and their entourage.

Athlete Committee Terms of Reference.

WADA Contact: Stacy Spletzer-Jegen, WADA’s Senior Manager, Athlete Relations & Communications.

Below is the current list of Athlete Committee members

Mr. Ben SANDFORD (Chair)
New Zealand

  • Three-time Olympian in skeleton (2006, 2010, 2014)
  • Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships Bronze Medalist (2012)
  • Member, New Zealand Olympic Committee Athlete Commission
  • Attorney


  • Three-time Olympian in shooting (skeet) (2008, 2012, 2016); Bronze Medalist (2012); qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
  • World Shooting Championships; Bronze Medalist (2005, 2006, 2010, 2014)
  • Shooting World Cup Finals; Gold Medalist (2012); Silver Medalist (2006, 2011); Bronze Medalist (2010)
  • Member of IOC Commissions: Athletes (Vice Chair); Ethics; Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport; Olympic Channel Services S.L. (Spain)
  • Member of the Athletes Commission of the Slovak Olympic and Sports Committee
  • Ex Officio Executive Committee Member of the Slovak Olympic and Sports Committee


  • Four-time Olympian in Swimming (2000, 2004, 2008 and 2016); (2004, 2008); Silver Medalist (2004, 2008); Bronze Medalist (2004)
  • FINA World Championships Gold Medalist (2005, 2009); Silver Medalist (2005, 2007, 2009)
  • IOC Executive Board Member and Chair of IOC Athletes’ Commission
  • Vice-President, Zimbabwe Olympic Committee
  • Vice President, International Surfing Association
  • Athlete Committee Member, International Swimming Federation (FINA)
  • Minister of Youth, Sport, Art and Recreation, Zimbabwe

Ms. Adriana ESCOBAR
El Salvador

  • Pan American Games participant in rowing (2015)
  • Aspiring Olympian
  • Member, Panam Sport Athlete Commission

Ms. Chelsey GOTELL

  • Three-time Paralympian in Swimming (2000, 2004, 2008); Gold Medalist (2004, 2008); Silver Medalist (2000, 2008); Bronze Medalist (2000, 2004, 2008)
  • Twelve-time Paralympic World Championships Medalist
  • Chairperson, IPC Athletes' Council
  • Member, IPC Governing Board
  • Member, Canadian Paralympic Committee Board of Directors

Mali / France

  • Olympian in Basketball (2008)
  • Athletes’ Commission Member,  Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA)
  • Lead Trainer and Steering Committee Member, IOC Athlete Career Program Outreach
  • Executive Board Member and Athlete Committee Chair, National Olympic Committee of Mali

Czech Republic

  • Three-time Olympian in Badminton (2008, 2012, 2016)
  • Flag-bearer for Czech Republic (London Olympic Games 2012)

Ms. Li NA
People’s Republic of China

  • Olympian Gold and Silver Medalist in Diving (2000)
  • World Aquatics Championships Bronze Medalist (2003)
  • Asian Games Silver Medalist (1998, 2002)
  • Education Committee Member, China Anti-Doping Agency
  • Diving Official, International Swimming Federation (FINA)


  • Two-time Olympian in Track & Field (2012; 2016)
  • Athletes Advisory Committee Chairman, USA Track & Field (2016-2020)
  • Sports Administrator, Men's and Women's Track & Field/Cross Country - University of Michigan 

Dr. Yuhan TAN, MD

  • Two-time Olympian in badminton(2012, 2016)
  • Chairperson, Belgian Athlete Commission
  • Medical Doctor

Ms. Emma TERHO

  • Five-time Olympian in Ice Hockey (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014); Bronze Medalist (1998, 2010)
  • Ice Hockey World Championships Bronze Medalist (2000, 2004, 2008 and 2009)
  • Member, IOC Athlete Commission

Ms. Hong ZHANG

  • Two-time Olympian in Speed Skating (2014, 2018); Gold Medalist (2014)
  • World Speed Skating Championships Gold Medalist (2014); Bronze Medalist (2016)
  • Member, IOC Athletes Commission