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WADA Executive Committee focuses on long-term budget plans, compliance monitoring and its global HQ

The Committee also approved the 2018 Prohibited List

logo en2xParis, France, 24 September 2017 – Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) held an Executive Committee Meeting in Paris, France. The 12-member Committee is WADA's ultimate policy-making body, which is composed equally of representatives from the Olympic Movement and Governments.
While the Executive Committee approved the 2018 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (which will be published before 1 October 2017) and received reports from the Agency’s Standing Committee Chairs, the full-day meeting primarily focused on finance, the future host city of WADA’s global headquarters and Signatories’ compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code).
Reflecting on the day’s events, WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie said, “I am very pleased with the robust discussion today between Executive Committee members on a range of topics that are aimed at strengthening clean sport. Important decisions were taken; while, a number of matters were advanced and, where appropriate, will find their way on to the agenda of WADA’s November Foundation Board.”
Director General, Olivier Niggli, opened the meeting by providing an overview on a range of operational topics before members turned their attention to finance. Mr. Niggli explained that, further to WADA’s November 2016 Board meeting, which resulted in a series of recommendations being agreed to strengthen the Agency, management developed a four-year budget (2018-2021) that articulates which core activities must be enhanced from a financial perspective related to: compliance monitoring; intelligence and investigations; the whistleblower program; anti-doping organization (ADO) capacity building; education/social science research; laboratory accreditation; scientific research; and, the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS). Niggli outlined that, based on WADA’s 2017 budget of USD 29.7 million, in order to fulfill the Board’s recommendations, WADA would require a budgetary increase of 8%, 15%, 15% and 5% for 2018 – 2021 respectively.  The Committee agreed that, for 2018, proposals of 8% and 5% would be proposed to the Board with a recommendation of the former. As it relates to 2019 – 2021, Governments requested more time to discuss ways and means of accommodating the longer-term budgetary requirements; and, to bring the longer-term budget plan forward for approval at the May 2018 Board meeting.
Niggli then went on to say that, while the four-year budget plan reflects the funding needed to enhance WADA’s core activities, the Agency needs much more in order to ‘Change the Game for Clean Sport’, which is why the Agency is pursuing an additional funding strategy that would target contributions from the likes of corporations, foundations and private donors. The Committee heard a proposal from a group of external experts with backgrounds in management consulting, Biopharma and fundraising that outlined WADA’s aspiration to seek additional funding. The Committee endorsed the proposal that this ambitious strategy be explored further by WADA Management.
“For 17 years, WADA has led the charge against doping in sport in an ever changing and complex environment,” said Niggli. “We are proud of what has been accomplished with limited resources but believe that much more can and must be done to ‘Change the Game’ and build confidence and trust in the anti-doping system,” he continued. “The additional funding that we aim to secure through our traditional funders and private sources will dramatically increase WADA’s scale, speed and reach in carrying out its core activities.”
WADA Headquarters
The Meeting then turned its attention to WADA’s global headquarters; which, has been graciously hosted by Montreal International, on behalf of the Governments of Canada and Quebec, since 2001 when the Agency was first established. The matter was first tabled at the May 2017 Board as a result of Montreal International indicating that Canada wished to renew its 10-year hosting agreement with WADA for a further 10-year period, when the current agreement ends on 31 December 2021. At that time, the Board asked that Montreal International detail their proposal; and, that WADA management assess the cost and impact of undertaking an open tender for a potential new host.
Committee Members then welcomed a Canadian delegation -- comprised of Mr. Hubert Bolduc, President and Chief Executive Officer of Montreal International; Mr. Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Government of Canada; Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations, Government of Quebec; accompanied by a video appeal by Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal -- to detail their proposal.
After thanking the Canadian delegation for their proposal, Committee members asked the Chairman, the Director General and the Vice-President, Ms. Linda Hofstad Helleland, to negotiate an agreement that will be submitted to the Board in November 2017.
The Chair of the Compliance Review Committee (CRC), Jonathan Taylor, and WADA Management outlined the activities conducted by WADA in the area of Code compliance monitoring. This includes, in particular, ongoing support to Anti-Doping Organizations to achieve, maintain or regain Code compliance; the conduct of compliance audits regarding identified Code Signatories; as well as, development of an International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories.
The Executive Committee then heard from WADA Management, which provided a status update regarding the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA’s) progress on the Roadmap to Code Compliance. WADA has never deviated from the agreed Roadmap, which outlines the reinstatement criteria that RUSADA must fulfill before WADA’s independent CRC would recommend, to WADA’s Board, that they be declared compliant again with the Code. The Committee expressed full support for continued delivery of the Roadmap, which was developed and agreed with RUSADA; as well as, the Ministry of Sport, the National Olympic Committee and the Independent Public Anti-Doping Commission. WADA’s Board declared RUSADA non-compliant in November 2015, following revelations of widespread doping in Russian athletics that were exposed via WADA’s independent Pound Commission. 
WADA Management emphasized that, in particular, the following three critical elements remain:

  1. That the responsible authorities for anti-doping in Russia must publically accept the reported outcomes of the McLaren Investigation.
  2. That the Russian Government must provide access for appropriate entities to the stored urine samples in the Moscow Laboratory. These samples are sealed off due to a Federal investigation.
  3. That WADA audits RUSADA; which, will be carried out the week of 25 September 2017.

The CRC will hold a special meeting on 24 October 2017 to hear from WADA’s audit team, and from one of the two WADA Independent Experts in Russia. The CRC will then make a recommendation to the November 2017 Board as to whether or not RUSADA should be reinstated.
“Since November 2015, WADA and its partners have been working very hard to rebuild a credible, and sustainable, anti-doping program in Russia that will ensure the protection of clean athletes inside and outside of the country,” said Olivier Niggli. “In parallel, since the independent McLaren Investigation report came out in December 2016 -- which re-confirmed institutionalized manipulation of the doping control process in Russia and identified the athletes that may have benefited -- WADA has been supporting and monitoring International Federations (IFs), and other impacted organizations, as much as possible as it relates to whether or not they can assert anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) against athletes identified,” he continued.  “We are unwavering in pursuing completion of the Roadmap.”

Among other topics, the Committee:

Was updated on the Independent Testing Authority (ITA) that’s process for appointing the Board is ongoing; and

Approved the funding recommendation of USD 2.9 million for scientific research proposals for 2017.


WADA publishes Reporting Guide to Monitor Testing

Montreal, 22 September 2017 

Dear colleagues,

logo en2xThe World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to publish the Reporting Guide to Monitor Testing.

On 2 October 2014, WADA published the Technical Document for Sport Specific Analysis (TDSSA), which is intended to ensure that Prohibited Substances within the scope of the TDSSA are subject to an appropriate and consistent level of analysis by all Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) that conduct testing in the relevant sports and disciplines. Compliance with the TDSSA is mandatory under article 5.4.1 of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code); and, since 1 January 2016, WADA has been closely monitoring implementation of the TDSSA.

On 1 June 2016, following a decision by WADA’s Executive Committee, it became mandatory for ADOs to enter all Doping Control Forms (DCFs) into the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) no later than 15 business days after sample collection.

As both TDSSA implementation and entry of DCFs into ADAMS are now mandatory, WADA monitors them closely from a Code compliance perspective, including via the Code Compliance Questionnaire (CCQ). Failure to comply with these requirements can result in a declaration of non-compliance.

WADA developed this new Reporting Guide to Monitor Testing in order to assist ADOs with these compliance requirements. The Guide provides step by step instructions to:

  • Generate relevant reports in ADAMS;
  • Cross check the data and;
  • Take the necessary action to eliminate any data entry errors so that ADOs can monitor their compliance with the TDSSA and DCF entry based on accurate testing data.

Kindly note that enhanced reporting functions will be part of the New Generation ADAMS, which is in development, to simplify the monitoring process in the near future.
Should you have any questions about this Guide, please contact us at .
Best regards,
World Anti-Doping Agency


Zsolt Moradi (Hungary) is a champion for Peace

Please find enclosed information about the new Peace and Sport Ambassadeurs - Champions for Peace.

WAKO is very proud to announce that our ambassadeur is ZSOLT MORADI (8x World Champion, Hungary).

Moradi zsolt

Press release (article below):
Peace and Sport welcomes 9 new international athletes in the Champions for Peace Club


    Map CfP
    Making a difference as Champions for Peace
    List of new Champions for Peace 2017


Peace and Sport welcomes 9 new international athletes in the Champions for Peace Club

Monaco, France – 21 September 2017

EN logo RVB signatPeace and Sport, the politically-neutral organisation dedicated to the peace-through-sport movement, has today – International Day of Peace - unveiled a host of new Champions for Peace to help spread the organisation's vision across the world.

Current Champions for Peace include more than 100 sportspeople such as triple Olympic Champion and President of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee Tony Estanguet, Marathon World-record holder Paula Radcliffe, 4x winner of the Tour de France Chris Froome, Former ATP #1 Novak Djokovic and Pole-Vault World-record holder and 2 times Olympic Champion Yelena Isinbaeva.

Peace and Sport’s new Champions for Peace, revealed ahead of the organisation’s tenth edition of the Peace and Sport International Forum in Monaco on 6-8 December, are:

All of them have demonstrated their commitment or belief in sport as a tool for peace. Some of them were recommended by International Federations, other Champions for Peace or sports institutions due to their demonstrated involvement in sport for development projects. Coming from different discipline, countries and background, their new energy will strengthen the club and the peace-through-sport movement.

As part of its ongoing effort to use sport as a tool to change the world for the better, Peace and Sport regularly calls upon its Champions for Peace to share their experience, to encourage best practice and peaceful action and to engage in field projects. The new Champions for Peace will be involved, for instance, in the “Sport Workshops” which target people without social and/or professional occupation and aim to put the values of sport at the service of individual socio-professional projects.

Joel Bouzou, Peace and Sport’s President and Founder, said:

“The Champions for Peace have become an incredibly important part of our mission to promote the peace-through-sport movement, and I am ecstatic to welcome so many new faces to our family.

“These athletes will help to spread our message even further than ever before.  As we celebrate our tenth year in existence, it is very special to be able to add such talent to our ambassador base."

Didier Drogba added:

"Experience has taught me that I can use my voice to bring about change and that I can be an example for others. I take my role of ambassador very seriously and I hope that it will give me new opportunities to speak about problems that affect my country and my continent, which are so close to my heart."

Tahl Leibovitz said:

“It is a great honor to be part of Peace and Sport; an organization that exemplifies what it means to create and sustain life changing experiences through sport. Being a champion for peace is immensely personal for me because it provides the structure and path to help impact society in a profound and meaningful way.”

Daba Modibo Keita added:

“Taekwondo taught me the values of respect, discipline, humility, courage and love. Sport changed my life and helped me to overcome the consequences of war and exile. I now have the responsibility to share my experience. That is why I am proud to become a Champion for Peace, and I cannot wait to get started.”

Through structured action and methods of expression that Peace and Sport gives them, Champions for Peace work to make sport a tool for dialogue and social cohesion. Role-models and a source of inspiration for young people throughout the world, they dedicate their time, their fame, and their athletic experience to serve projects which use sport to tackle social issues.

New Champions for Peace - Press kit


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