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WADA LAUNCHES 'SPEAK UP!' IN SPANISH AND ENCOURAGES CONFIDENTIAL SOURCES TO REPORT DOPING MISCONDUCT

logo en2xMontreal, 31 March 2021 – In another boost for athletes and others with information on doping misconduct in sport, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announces that its secure, digital whistleblower platform 'Speak Up!is now available in Spanish, in addition to English and French. 'Rompe el Silencio!' is intended for potential Spanish-speaking informants and whistleblowers (confidential sources) to report possible Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) under the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), non-compliance violations under the Code, or any act or omission that could undermine the fight against doping in sport. 'Rompe el silencio!' – which includes a secure app for iPhone and Android devices – is now available on the App Store and Google Play.

WADA Director, Intelligence and Investigations, Gunter Younger said: "WADA is pleased to launch 'Rompe el Silencio!' to cater to Spanish-speaking athletes and other potential informants or whistleblowers who wish to report suspicious activity to WADA. Confidential sources are the lifeblood of investigations. Since the launch of WADA's 'Speak Up!' Program and platform in March 2017, WADA's Intelligence & Investigations Department has triggered hundreds of cases stemming directly from intelligence received from confidential sources. These cases range from allegations against individual athletes or support personnel, to complex cases involving systemic anti-doping mismanagement, non-compliance and/or corruption.

"The success of the 'Speak Up!' Program not only highlights the increasing importance of investigations in delivering justice, but also the vital role of informants and whistleblowers to the global anti-doping system. These individuals, whose identities will never be revealed publicly by WADA, are directly responsible for hundreds of intelligence disclosures that have been actioned by the Agency's Confidential Information Unit and each have contributed to protecting the integrity of sport worldwide. Before they come forward, confidential sources need to feel comfortable, secure and reassured. One way of ensuring that happens is being able to interact with them in their own language, which is why WADA has now added Spanish, in addition to English and French."

Anyone who detects, identifies, witnesses, knows or has reasonable grounds to suspect that doping-related misconduct has occurred, is encouraged to 'Speak Up!'. It is, however, important to note the distinction between an informant and a whistleblower as these statuses do trigger different rights and responsibilities. Any person reporting misconduct to WADA will be considered an informant. The informant may decide not to pursue further cooperation with the Agency once they have provided information. An informant can become a whistleblower if both WADA and the informant agree to cooperate further. In this case, WADA and the informant will enter into a formal whistleblower agreement, which offers additional rights as outlined within WADA's current Whistleblower Program Policy.

WADA's Whistleblower Program Policy was first approved by WADA's Foundation Board in November 2016. It formalizes the legal framework and outlines what the Agency will provide in terms of support, confidentiality, protection, and other elements, as well as, the way to go about raising concerns and how they would be investigated by WADA. It is re-evaluated on a continual basis to ensure that it meets international best practice and appropriately addresses the needs of confidential sources.

For more information about 'Rompe el Silencio!' and 'Speak Up!', please visit the Speak Up! website, which can be accessed via WADA's website

'ROMPE EL SILENCIO!' IS NOW AVAILABLE ON THE APP STORE AND GOOGLE PLAY

WADA PUBLISHES 'LIVE' WEBINAR SCHEDULE FOR APRIL

Montreal, 29 March 2021

logo en2xToday, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) publishes the Agency's 'live' webinar schedule for April, which encompasses all webinars being offered; in particular, as part of WADA's:

Unless otherwise noted, the webinars are being hosted in English only.
 

Table of events
 

To register, please simply view the registration instructions in the 'To register' sections of the above table.
 
Please note that on an ongoing basis, WADA will communicate its evolving live webinar schedule and prompt stakeholders to register and participate.
 
Should you have any questions regarding the above, please contact Ms. Selva Balasingam, WADA Communications Coordinator, at: selva.balasingam@wada-ama.org.
 
Best regards,
 
World Anti-Doping Agency

European Universities Games will not be held in Belgrade this July

To: WAKO Europe members

Dear All,

Eusa220x130With great regret and sadness I would like to inform you that one of the most important events for WAKO Europe this year, EUSA University Games, are cancelled.
The decision was made by EUSA due to complicated situation with COVID-19 pandemic which still affects all aspects of our life including our sport.
Please, receive attached official statement made by EUSA President, Mr. Adam Roczek.
We hope that, maybe, there will be possibility to have Games in latter stage this year.
We will keep you informed.
With best regards,

Mr Istvan Kiraly
WAKO Europe Acting President

 

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Happy 8th of March

Dear WAKO members,

Today is March 8th the International Women’s Day.

Herewith attached you can find some material containing a message from WAKO President, please feel free to share this poster on your social media and web platforms.

Best regards,

Barbara Falsoni
WAKO Administration
www.wako.sport

 

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WADA SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME

logo en2xMontreal, 24 February 2021 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has signed today a far-reaching memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the UN agency mandated to help member countries guard against the serious threats posed by drugs, crime and terrorism.
 
The MOU formally establishes and facilitates a mutual framework for cooperation and information-sharing between the two agencies in the broad area of sports doping.

WADA President Witold Bańka said: "Following on from the MOU that WADA signed last week with Europol, this agreement is another step in the fight against doping as we seek to protect sport against criminal forces acting within the sporting environment. WADA and the UNODC share common objectives with regard to preventing the abuse of drugs, both in sport and society at large. It makes sense, therefore, for us to collaborate towards these shared objectives.

"This MOU formalizes and enhances the existing cooperation between the two organizations and focuses primarily on the areas of research and trend analysis, forensics and transnational organized crime. I thank the UNODC for its vision and renewed commitment as it joins forces with WADA in this important way."
 
UNODC Executive Director Ghada Fathi Waly said: "UNODC welcomes enhanced cooperation with WADA to share scientific expertise, strengthen early warning on new psychoactive substances and contribute UNODC research and analysis on the role of transnational organized crime in illicit drug manufacture and trafficking."
 
The purpose of the MOU is to provide a framework of cooperation and understanding, and to facilitate collaboration between WADA and the UNODC to further their shared objectives. Specifically, the areas of work will include:

  • Exchanging scientific expertise and resources to enhance the analytical capability and performance of WADA-accredited laboratories;
  • Sharing data and information on new and emerging substances;
  • Exchanging information to enhance research and analysis in the area of transnational organized crime in the manufacture and trafficking of substances used in doping;
  • Raising awareness about the issues created by sports doping.

This will be achieved through regular bilateral meetings between WADA and the UNODC, and collaboration between the parties on a range of defined projects, programs and activities -- all aimed at combatting doping in sport and protecting the health and wellbeing of athletes and society as a whole. These meetings will discuss technical and operational issues of mutual interest while also reviewing progress of the work carried out.
 
WADA already has a long-standing record of cooperation with the UNODC. In particular, every year, the two organizations jointly host the International Conference on Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS), in conjunction with the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, the International Society for the Study of Emerging Drugs, the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom, and the Centre for Forensic Science Research and Education based in the United States.

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Address:
Blagajska 15/41
(Mr. Srdjan Bugarcic),
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Mr. Istvan Kiraly
+ 36 309 400 935

Mr Istvan Kiraly WAKO Europe Acting President

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Srđan Bugarčić
+ 381 63 289 322
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Board
Istvan Kiraly (HUN)
Salim Kayici (TUR)
Francesca Falsoni (ITA)
Yury Filimonov (RUS)
Nikolaus Gstattner (AUT)
Katarszyna Kocisewska (POL)
Olga Pavlenko (UKR)
Daimi Akin (NOR)
Romeo Desa (HRV)
Tomaz Barada (SVN)
Michaela Kovacova (SVK)
Michail Trantafillou (GRC)

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