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19/08/2022 – WADA mourns the passing of Chief Operating Officer Frédéric Donzé

Montreal, 16 August 2022 

It is with great sadness that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) mourns the passing of its Chief Operating Officer (COO), Frédéric Donzé, who died suddenly today, following a short illness, in Montreal, Canada, at the age of 50.

WADA President Witold Bańka said: “This is an incredibly sad time for everyone who knew Frédéric Donzé. I am certain that the global anti-doping community joins WADA in conveying our most sincere condolences to Fred’s family at this tragic time. Fred was an integral part of the Agency. His knowledge of all aspects of anti-doping and sport in general, coupled with his passion and drive to deliver real results for athletes, will leave a massive gap in our organization. Beyond his contribution to anti-doping, it is his humanity, sense of humor and gregarious nature that we will all miss most.”

WADA Director General, Olivier Niggli, said: “For 20 years, Fred was key to the life and soul of WADA. His tremendous work ethic, intelligence and authenticity made him an inspiration to his colleagues and a source of great confidence for athletes and everyone involved in anti-doping around the world. His passing is a devastating blow to all of us who had the great fortune to know him, work alongside him and call him our friend.”

Fred joined WADA in 2002 in the role of Media Relations and Communications Manager. In 2011, he became Director of WADA’s Europe Office and International Federation Relations, in Lausanne, before being appointed COO in 2016. Prior to joining WADA, Fred was a journalist in his native Switzerland, including sports editor of the Geneva-based newspaper, Le Temps.

Note: WADA is collating messages of condolence on behalf of the family. At this time, please send any such messages to  <mailto:media@wada-ama.org> media@wada-ama.org


19/08/2022 – WADA announces candidates for 2022 Athlete Council election

Montreal, 15 August 2022 

Further to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) communications of

<https://wada-ama.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b1807e279506be6f85bf0da

1c&id=ef71c899c8&e=cf57022cab> 30 May 2022 and

<https://wada-ama.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b1807e279506be6f85bf0da

1c&id=e51e87c5a1&e=cf57022cab> 6 July 2022, calling for interested candidates for the upcoming election for eight positions on the Agency’s new 20-member

<https://wada-ama.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b1807e279506be6f85bf0da

1c&id=3a1a78e0ff&e=cf57022cab> Athlete Council, WADA is pleased to announced that it received 34 eligible nominations for the eight seats (referred to as Group 2 – see below).

WADA President Witold Bańka said: “We are excited by the number of athletes that have expressed interest in becoming members of the Athlete Council. It is clear that athletes are ready to embrace the opportunity for their voices to be heard and their views to be integrated into WADA’s governance and

decision-making processes.” The 34 candidates are listed below in alphabetical order by name. A

consolidation of the athlete profiles, with additional details can be found in one document

<https://wada-ama.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b1807e279506be6f85bf0da

1c&id=3574aec996&e=cf57022cab> here.

Name

Sport Nationality

Nominating International Federation 

Athlete Commission

1

BATES, Evan

USA

International Skating Union (ISU)

2

BENGTSSON, Gunnar

Sweden

World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF)

3

BERRER, Michael

Germany

International Tennis Federation (ITF)

4

ĆOSIĆ, Ivan

Croatia

World ParaVolley (WPV)

5

EGAN, Clare

USA

Biathlon (IBU)

6

GARCIA G., Andrés

Guatemala

Kickboxing (WAKO)

7

GIBSON, Sean

Ireland

World Lacrosse (WL)

8

GOMEZ, Inaki

Canada

World Athletics (WA)

9

HARSS, Jennifer

Germany

International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)

10

HEDMAN, Deta

England

World Darts Federation (WDF)

11

HEGYI, Dora

Hungary

International Gymnastics Federation (FIG)

12

HERNANDEZ CUELLAR, Ana Sophia

Guatemala

World Pentathlon (UIPM)

13

HORN, Martin

Germany

World Confederation of Billiards Sports (WCBS)

14

KIT, Kristen

Canada

World Rowing (WR-FISA)

15

KNOERR, Jérémy

Thailand

International Ski Mountaineering Fed. (ISMF)

16

KONSTANTINOVA, Sandra

Russia

International Wushu Federation (IWUF)

17

LIM, Tiffani

Malaysia

International Esports Federation (IESF)

18

MAY, Bill

USA

International Swimming Federation (FINA)

19

MAZDZER, Christopher

USA

Federation of International Luge (FIL)

20

MBEPA GAULOU, Antony Desire

Rep of Congo

International Kurash Association (IKA)

21

ODUBER, Randolph

Aruba/ Netherlands

World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC)

22

O’LEARY, Patrick

Ireland

International Canoe Federation (ICF)

23

OSEI, Forrester Christopher

Ghana

International Weightlifting Federation (IWF)

24

PLECHAN, Agata

Poland

International Floorball Federation (IFF)

25

REGO, Emmanuel Fernando Scheffer Rego

Brazil

International Volleyball Federation (FIVB)

26

RIPPEL, Cassio

Brazil

International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF)

27

RISKALLA, Rodolpho

Brazil

Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI)

28

SABLJAK, Ella

Australia

International Wheelchair Basketball Fed. (IWBF)

29

SCOTT, Thomas

USA

World Karate Federation (WKF)

30

TAN, Yuhan

Belgium

Badminton World Federation (BWF)

31

VAN DEN BERG, Jan

South Africa

International Practical Shooting Confed. (IPSC)

32

VIDAL HERRERA, Nilo

Spain

World Squash Federation (WSF)

33

WYATT, Marcus

Great Britain

International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Fed. (IBSF)

34

ZECCHINI, Alessia

Italy

World Underwater Federation (CMAS)

Eligibility

To be eligible for nomination, athletes were required to meet eligibility

criteria, as outlined in Article 4 of the

<https://wada-ama.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b1807e279506be6f85bf0da1c&id=33e5e4d9e3&e=cf57022cab> WADA Athlete Council Election Procedure.

These included: being an International-Level Athlete as defined by the World

Anti-Doping Code, within the last nine years, and being from the same sport

as the International Federation Athlete Commission (IF AC) nominating them.

In addition, the IF AC nominating an athlete was required to meet

eligibility criteria, as outlined in Article 3 of the Election Procedure.

All 34 candidates were reviewed and confirmed by the Election Scrutineer.

To be eligible to vote in the election, all IF ACs were to meet the same

criteria as an IF AC nominating a candidate. All IF ACs were advised of the

candidate list on 29 July 2022, and were then asked to advise if they wished

to vote in the election, and if so, to confirm they were eligible to vote. A

total of 61 IF ACs have been confirmed by the Election Scrutineer as able to

vote.

Election

The election will be held virtually via an online voting platform between

29-31 August 2022. Only those IF ACs registered and deemed eligible will be

able to vote.

The elected candidates will be confirmed by the Election Scrutineer on 1

September and will be announced by WADA shortly after.

WADA Athlete Committee Chair Ben Sandford said: “We are definitely off to a

good start with the elections for the Athlete Council. Athletes need to be

at the core of what WADA does and there is a strong drive within the athlete

community worldwide to be more involved and improve athlete representation

within anti-doping. It’s great to see so many athletes stepping up wanting

to be involved and meet the challenge.”

Council Composition

The new Athlete Council will be composed of athletes’ representatives

chosen by athletes and grouped as follows:

*          Group 1: Five athletes appointed by the International Olympic

Committee’s and International Paralympic Committee’s Athlete Commissions;

*          Group 2: Eight athletes elected by the Athlete Commissions of

International Federations (IFs); and

*          Group 3: Seven other athletes, to be selected by an appointment

panel made up by a majority of athletes, to fill skills and diversity gaps.

Group 3

A call for interest for the Group 3 athletes will be announced in early

September 2022. All eligible athletes, including candidates for Group 2 who

did not get elected, will be able to apply. Candidates will then be selected

by the appointment panel based on a skills and diversity analysis.

For more information on the Athlete Council, please visit WADA’s dedicated

<https://wada-ama.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b1807e279506be6f85bf0da

1c&id=6444ac8327&e=cf57022cab> webpage.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to direct them to

governance@wada-ama.orggovernance@wada-ama.org


29/07/2022 – WADA partners to promote clean sport during the 22nd Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to outline how it is partnering to promote clean sport during the 22nd Commonwealth Games (Birmingham 2022) in Birmingham, England, which commence today and conclude on 8 August.
 
WADA President, Witold Bańka, who is on the ground in Birmingham, said: “WADA is thrilled to partner with the Commonwealth Games Federation and other stakeholders to raise awareness about clean sport and protect the integrity of the 22nd Commonwealth Games. Well before the Games, WADA collaborated with the CGF to deliver pre-Games education to athletes and their entourage. Now that we are on site, we have an athlete-led team that is connecting with athletes and entourage about our mission for doping-free sport, and we have an expert-led team that is monitoring and reporting on all phases of the doping control process in collaboration with the CGF and UK Anti-Doping. As is necessary with anti-doping, we are using a multifaceted approach together in order to raise the game for athletes worldwide.”
 
Athlete Engagement
 
WADA’s Athlete Engagement Program team, which has been on site at the Birmingham University Village since yesterday and will be until 30 July, is raising awareness about clean sport while making connections with athletes competing at the Games. The team is working closely with another team from UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), which will take over the athlete engagement activities for the remainder of the event.
 
The athlete-led team includes:
 

  • Ben Sandford (New Zealand), Chair of WADA’s Athlete Committee (AC) and Olympic skeleton athlete (team lead);
  • Gaby Ahrens (Namibia), member of WADA’s AC and Olympic sport shooter; and
  • Andréanne Morin (Canada), former member of WADA AC and Olympic rower.

 
In particular, the team will:
 

  • Encourage athletes and their entourage to engage digitally with WADA’s athlete-focused campaign by sharing ‘Who inspires them to Play True?’;
  • Invite athletes to complete a WADA perception survey; and
  • Raise awareness among athletes of the election campaign, which WADA is holding in October that will see eight athletes being elected to WADA’s new 20-member Athlete Council by the Athlete Commissions of International Federations. The Council will represent, support and promote the voices of athletes on anti-doping matters, and will be the avenue for athletes, chosen by athletes, to assume important seats within WADA’s governing bodies, including seats on the Executive Committee and Foundation Board.

The team will also aim to build stronger relationships with the CGF’s Athlete Advisory Committee, the UKAD Athlete Commission and the Birmingham 2022 Athlete Advisory Committee.

WADA Athlete Committee Chair, Ben Sandford, said: “This Athlete Engagement Program is a great opportunity to speak directly with athletes from all Commonwealth countries, to respond to their questions, and listen to their views. On behalf of WADA’s Athlete Committee, I would like to thank those athletes and their support personnel who take the time to join us at our booth in the athlete village. Now more than ever, it is important to engage athletes in the area of anti-doping and make sure they know how to be involved in shaping the future of clean sport.”

Independent Observer Program
 
WADA will also be running an Independent Observer (IO) program during Birmingham 2022 – a program that is designed to enhance athlete and public confidence as to the quality, effectiveness, and reliability of anti-doping programs during major international multisport events.
 
The anti-doping program of Birmingham 2022 will be operated by the CGF with support from UKAD; and, WADA’s IO team will collaborate with them to help strengthen the program.
 
Providing daily feedback to the organizers, the IO team will observe all aspects of Birmingham 2022’s anti-doping program, including:
 

  • Test distribution planning and implementation;
  • Recruitment and training of sample collection personnel;
  • Athlete selection, notification and sample collection procedures;
  • Transport and chain of custody of samples;
  • Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) procedures; and
  • Results management.

 
Following the Games, the IO team will issue a post-Games report that will formalize observations and recommendations designed to enhance anti-doping activities for future events.
 
The IO Team consists of:
 

  • Michal Rynkowski (Poland), Director, Polish Anti-Doping Agency (Chair);
  • Léa Réguer-Petit (France), Manager, Sport Movement Relations, WADA (Vice-Chair)
  • Chaya Ndiaye (Canada), Head of Product, IT, Data and Digital Development, WADA
  • Samuel Quinche (Switzerland), Deputy Director General and Director of Testing and Investigations, Swiss Sport Integrity Foundation; and
  • Aliann Pompey (Guyana), Chair of the Pan-American Athlete Committee and Olympic 400m runner.

Pre-Games Education Support

Well before this week’s signing of a formal MOU between WADA and the CGF, the two organizations joined forces to create and launch an interactive e-learning education course designed for athletes and coaches participating at Birmingham 2022. The course is hosted on WADA’s Anti-Doping Education and Learning platform, known as ADEL, and features modules explaining which substances and methods are prohibited, whereabouts information and requirements at the Games, how testing will be carried out, and what to do if an athlete needs to apply for a therapeutic use exemption. The course also outlines the important dates that athletes needed to be aware of and which organization has jurisdiction over them during the Games, as well as offering learning activities that allow participants to apply their knowledge.

25/07/2022 – WADA launches Stakeholder Consultation Process for Technical Document: TD2022IDCR

Montreal, 21 July 2022 

Dear Colleagues,

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) invites stakeholders to participate in a consultation process to revise the Technical Document on the Minimum Criteria for Chromatographic-Mass Spectrometric Confirmation of the Identity of Analytes for Doping Control Purposes (TD2022IDCR), which is set to come into force on 1 January 2023.

Stakeholders are invited to review and provide comments by 5 August 2022, using WADA’s online consultation platform, https://wada-ama.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b1807e279506be6f85bf0da1c&id=84c8a0fcc5&e=cf57022cab> WADAConnect.

This new version of the TD2022IDCR includes:

* further clarification on the use of two different techniques to fulfill the mass spectrometric requirements;

* a new example of Maximum Tolerance Window for Relative Abundance (MTWRA) of diagnostic ions with intensities higher than 100%; and * withdrawal of the requirement to evaluate the MTWRA of the reference diagnostic ion.

About WADA’s Technical Documents

WADA’s Technical Documents provide specific analytical testing requirements to WADA-accredited Laboratories and Anti-Doping Organizations. As part of WADA’s mandate to enhance anti-doping activities under the World Anti-Doping Code, Technical Documents are occasionally revised to reflect scientific and technological advances in the performance of anti-doping tests and the reporting of test results. They are revised and refined in consultation with WADA stakeholders.

For any questions related to the above, we invite you to contact us at science@wadaama.org  science@wada-ama.org

We thank you in advance for your feedback.


11/07/2022 – REMINDER: 15 July deadline for International Federation Athlete Commissions to submit candidates for WADA’s Athlete Council

Montreal, 6 July 2022
Further to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) communication of 30 May 2022, WADA wishes to remind stakeholders and interested candidates of the upcoming election in August for the Agency’s new 20-member Athlete Council. The deadline for Athlete Commissions of International Federations (IFs) to submit candidates is 15 July 2022.  See table below for more details re: timelines that apply to the Group Two election.

On 19 May 2022, WADA’s Foundation Board (Board) unanimously approved a final report from its Working Group on the Review of WADA Governance Reforms, which included recommendations to further enhance athlete representation within WADA through the establishment of a 20-member Athlete Council to replace its current Athlete Committee of 12 members. 

The new Athlete Council will represent, support and promote the voices of athletes on anti-doping matters; and, will be the avenue for athletes, chosen by athletes, to assume important seats within WADA’s governing bodies. Specifically: the Council Chair will be appointed to WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo); two members will have seats on WADA’s Board; and the Council will be in charge of appointing athlete representatives to other WADA bodies.WADA President Witold Bańka said: “By establishing a new and reformed Athlete Council, we are making a significant step forward with respect to direct athlete involvement within the governance of WADA. By 2023, the Athlete Council Chair will sit on WADA’s Executive Committee and two Council members will sit on the Foundation Board. This is in line with WADA’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, which commits to ensuring that our activities and priorities are more athlete centered. As a former athlete, I fully understand the importance of listening to the views of athletes worldwide and addressing matters that are of most interest to them.” 
 
WADA Athlete Committee Chair Ben Sandford said: “The new WADA Athlete Council provides a number of key changes from the current WADA Athlete Committee. There will be more members, and members will have more roles within the governance and policy development functions of WADA. To make this work, we need athletes to be involved and engaged.  The first important step is ensuring the success of the elections for the Council positions.  If you are an athlete and passionate about improving athlete representation within anti-doping, please contact your International Federation’s Athlete Committee to enquire about having them put you forward for election to the WADA Athlete Council.” 

WADA Athlete Committee Member and member of the Working Group on the Review of WADA Governance Reforms, Chelsey Gotell, said: “It has taken a lot of work, consultation and challenging conversations to get us here, but I think we have made some strides in helping bring a stronger and more representative athlete voice into WADA’s governance. Although there were many opinions about the direction the composition of the Athlete Council should go, I am pleased that it will gain key voting seats within the Foundation Board and Executive Committee; that it will have a formal election process to ensure the Council is democratically chosen by athletes; and, that there will be confirmed seats for Para Athletes to ensure the Paralympic voice is heard within WADA.  These are big wins from a governance and representation perspective. It will now be imperative that the Council is set up and fully supported in order to have success at all levels within WADA.”

Council Composition 
 
The Athlete Council will be composed of athletes’ representatives chosen by athletes and grouped as follows: Group One: Five athletes appointed by the International Olympic Committee’s and International Paralympic Committee’s Athlete Commissions; Group Two: Eight athletes elected by the Athlete Commissions of International Federations (IFs); and group Three: Seven other athletes, to be selected by an appointment panel made up by a majority of athletes, to fill skills and diversity gaps.Group Two Election
 
On 18 May 2022, WADA’s ExCo adopted the procedural rules that will govern the election of the eight Group Two athletes put forward by IF Athlete Commissions (the rules governing the appointment procedure for the seven Group Three athletes to be selected by the appointment panel were also approved).

The Group Two rules were drafted in consultation with WADA’s current Athlete Committee and include eligibility criteria for IF Athlete Commissions and for candidates (Note: each IF Athlete Commission will be allowed to put forward one candidate); role of an election scrutineer (the appointed scrutineer for this election is WADA Independent Ethics Board member from the UK, Mr. Phil Hutchinson); procedural steps for submission of candidatures; voting procedure; and provisions related to the potential infringement of the procedure and protection of personal information.On 31 May, WADA wrote to all the Athlete Commission Chairs of IFs that are Signatories to the World Anti-Doping Code, copying IF Presidents and Secretary Generals, to provide the rules and other information regarding the election process
 
The following table outlines the applicable timelines that will apply to the Group Two election.
Steps2022 Calendar
Group TwoIntroductory email sent by WADA to all IF Athlete Commissions31 May
Deadline to submit candidatures15 July
Review of candidatures by the election scrutineer18 to 27 July
Confirmation of the official list of candidates28 July
Election procedure email sent by WADA informing all IF Athlete Commissions of the official list of candidates, voting procedure and dates of the election29 July
Campaigning period1-26 August
Vote29–31 August
Confirmation of elected candidates by the scrutineer1 September
WADA encourages its stakeholders to raise awareness of its new Athlete Council – to promote the opportunity of amplifying the voices of athletes in delivering on the collaborative global movement for doping-free sport.
 
For more information on the Athlete Council, please visit the webpage. Should you have any questions, please feel free to direct them to governance@wada-ama.org
Save the date
20-22 September 2022
2022 Global Education Conference (Sydney, Australia)

12-14 October 2022
2022 Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) Symposium (New Delhi, India)

Q2 2023 – TBD
2023 TUE Symposium (Incheon, South Korea)

30/05/2022 – Last call – Registration for WADA’s 2022 Symposium and Athlete Session

Montreal, 25 May 2022

Dear Colleagues,

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) encourages stakeholders to register for its 2022 Annual Symposium, which will be held on 11-12 June in a hybrid fashion, in person at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland, and virtually. A dedicated Athlete Session will be held on 13 June at the same venue.

Under the theme “Raising the Game”, the Annual Symposium will once again gather anti-doping practitioners from International Federations, National and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations and Major Event Organizations, athletes and athlete representatives, Governments, WADA-accredited laboratories and Athlete Passport Management Units, as well as other stakeholders such as service providers, researchers and the media – all that are integral to clean sport.

As outlined in the program, this year’s edition will, in particular, explore how we can further advance anti-doping together for the benefit of athletes worldwide. This will include a mix of plenary and breakout sessions, as well as discussions on some of the developing innovations in anti-doping.

Dedicated Athlete Session on 13 June

Under the leadership of WADA’s Athlete Committee, a session exclusively for athletes and athlete representatives will take place on 13 June with the following agenda. Anti-Doping Organizations are kindly asked to encourage participation of their athlete representatives. For those that are unable to travel to Lausanne, we strongly encourage virtual participation which is free of charge to athletes.

Registration for the Symposium and Athlete Session

We invite you to register online by 27 May 2022 for the Symposium and/or the Athlete Session. The Symposium website contains all relevant information regarding the event, including how to register and book your hotel accommodation.

WADA is committed to ensuring the health and safety of its stakeholder community and the Agency’s staff who will attend the Symposium in person. We will therefore continue to monitor the evolution of the pandemic and base our safety protocols on directives from public health authorities related to COVID-19.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to the Symposium after more than three years of absence since the last event due to the pandemic.

Should you have any questions, please contact the secretariat of the Annual Symposium at annualsymposium@wada-ama.org.


23/04/2022 – WADA selects Busan, Korea to host 2025 World Conference on Doping in Sport

Montreal, 19 May 2022

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Foundation Board (Board) has selected Busan, Republic of Korea, as the host city for the sixth World Conference on Doping in Sport, which will take place in November 2025. Busan, a port city in the south-east of the country, was favored in a vote ahead of two other candidates, namely Muscat, Oman; and Tampere, Finland. A fourth candidate city, Athens, Greece, withdrew its candidacy prior to the vote.

The World Conference convenes athletes and more than 1,500 representatives from the Sport Movement, Governments, National and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations, laboratories, service providers, researchers and the media – all that are integral to the mission for doping-free sport. The previous host cities of the World Conference were Lausanne, Switzerland (1999), Copenhagen, Denmark (2003), Madrid, Spain (2007), Johannesburg, South Africa (2013) and Katowice, Poland (2019).

At today’s Board meeting in Cairo, Egypt, members received presentations from each candidate city, after which a vote was conducted with Busan emerging as the preferred host securing an absolute majority in the first round of voting.

Busan was considered to be a strong candidate for many reasons, including the fact that its bid was fully supported by all levels of Government as well as from national sport, anti-doping and events bodies. As well as offering state-of-the-art venue facilities, the City of Busan has also proposed a number of legacy programs in the lead-up to and during the World Conference, campaigns that will help to publicize the event and foster a spirit of values-based sport and solidarity across the city.

WADA President, Witold Bańka, said: “I congratulate the City of Busan on being selected to host WADA’s 2025 World Conference on Doping in Sport. It is a significant achievement considering the high quality of the other bids that were part of the process. I have no doubt that the 2025 World Conference will be enormously successful and a credit to its Korean hosts. I would like to thank the cities of Athens, Muscat and Tampere for submitting strong bids and for being willing to support this important event, which is key to advancing WADA’s global collaborative mission for doping-free sport.

“We will now work closely with the authorities in Busan to ensure the success of the World Conference and all associated activities. An organizing team made up of representatives of the local government, sports and anti-doping authorities, as well as WADA staff will be assembled so that planning for the event can commence without delay.”

This edition of the World Conference will engage the anti-doping community in high-level discussion and debate about the global anti-doping program, practices and processes, and allow the community to take stock of progress being made towards the Katowice Declaration that was approved by stakeholders during WADA’s 2019 World Conference. The Declaration called upon “all stakeholders in the fight against doping in sport to reinforce their efforts to strengthen their cooperation in every possible way; to present a unified front to strive to eradicate doping in sport; to increase resources dedicated to protecting clean sport; and, to bring all perpetrators to account, without limitation”.

The 38-member Board, which is meeting today in Cairo, is WADA’s highest policy-making body. It is composed equally of representatives from the Sport Movement, including athletes, and Governments of the world, as well as independent voices, including the WADA President and Vice-President. Members of the Board are appointed by their respective constituency groups.


28/04/2022 – WADA and the Commonwealth Games Federation deliver e-learning course for athletes and coaches ahead of 2022 Commonwealth Games

Montreal, 28 April 2022

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) have joined forces to create and launch a new interactive e-learning education course targeted at athletes and coaches intending to participate in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will run from 28 July to 8 August, in Birmingham, England.
 
The course, which is hosted on WADA’s Anti-Doping Education and Learning platform, ADEL, includes modules explaining which substances and methods are prohibited (including recent changes to the status of glucocorticoids), whereabouts information and requirements at the Games, how testing will be carried out, and what to do if an athlete needs to apply for a therapeutic use exemption. The course also outlines the important dates that athletes need to be aware of and which organization has jurisdiction over them during the Games, as well as offering learning activities that allow participants to apply their knowledge.
 
WADA Director of Education, Amanda Hudson, said: “Following on from the successful pre-Olympic and Paralympic courses that we delivered last year, we are excited to launch the latest offering on our ADEL platform. We are confident that athletes and coaches will find the course beneficial as they prepare for this major event. It is important to WADA and the Commonwealth Games Federation that investment is made to ensure that those wishing to participate in the Games are educated in advance.
 
“It is critical now that Governments, Commonwealth Games Associations and all relevant National Sports Federations promote this course and encourage as many athletes and coaches as possible to complete it. I would like to thank our colleagues at the Commonwealth Games Federation for collaborating with us on this important initiative.”
 
CGF Medical Advisor and Anti-Doping Taskforce Co-Chair, Dr. Peter Harcourt, said: “The CGF and the Birmingham 2022 Anti-Doping Taskforce are delighted to collaborate with WADA in the development of this important education resource for all athletes and coaches preparing for Birmingham 2022. It is the first time that a CGF Anti-Doping Taskforce has introduced pre-Games education. We are hoping that the roll-out of this course will ensure that all team members know how to comply with the extensive measures that have been put in place to protect the integrity of the event and to ensure a clean Games.
 
“As well as encouraging their participants to complete the course, the CGF appeals to all Commonwealth Games Associations to work in close collaboration with their National or Regional Anti-Doping Organization and their National Sports Federations to ensure that athletes and coaches are properly educated in advance of travelling to Birmingham.”
 
In January 2020, WADA and the International Olympic Committee also launched the ‘ADeL for Medical Professionals at Major Games’. This course has open access, enabling any medical personnel participating in the Commonwealth Games to undertake this course to assist their preparation.

As it does at many major events, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games, WADA will have in place an Independent Observer team to monitor the delivery of all aspects of the Commonwealth Games’ anti-doping program. In addition, there will be an Athlete Engagement and Outreach team – including members of WADA’s Athlete Committee – present in Birmingham promoting clean sport and engaging competing athletes and other athlete leaders around anti-doping initiatives.


28/03/2022 – Research on prevalence of doping, scientific and education topics among WADA webinars in April

We also take the opportunity to remind stakeholders of the remaining webinar to be held in March:

To register, please simply view the registration instructions in the ‘To Register’ column above.
 
Should you have any questions regarding the above, please contact Ms. Selva Balasingam, WADA Communications Manager, at: selva.balasingam@wada-ama.org.
 
Best regards,
 
World Anti-Doping Agency


15/03/2022 – WADA signs agreement with the Association of South-East Asian Nations to boost anti-doping program development

Montreal, 14 March 2022

Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to collaborate on a range of anti-doping program development activities. The signing took place during the 17th Asia/Oceania Region Intergovernmental Meeting on Anti-Doping in Sport, hosted in Dubai by the United Arab Emirates National Anti-Doping Organization.
 
Formed in 1967, ASEAN is an intergovernmental organization established by the ASEAN Charter that is committed to intensifying community building through enhanced cooperation and integration by its 10 member states.
 
The MOU, which was signed by WADA President Witold Bańka and ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim, will run for an initial term of three years with the objective of creating a partnership that will help both organizations to help prevent doping in the region.
 
WADA President, Witold Bańka, said: “The global anti-doping system relies on collaboration between various stakeholders, and this MOU between WADA and the Association of South-East Asian Nations will boost the anti-doping work being carried out by Governments and National Anti-Doping Organizations in that region. WADA exists to serve the athletes of the world. We are here to provide them with the opportunity to compete to the best of their natural ability on a level playing field. The cooperation formalized by this MOU is another example of the practical steps we are taking to do just that. I thank ASEAN and its members for their commitment to clean sport.”
 
Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Lim said in his remarks, “I am confident that the engagement of member states and relevant stakeholders in anti-doping prevention will enable ASEAN to better harness the potential of its human resources needed for the prevention of doping in ASEAN, in order to provide a fair and equitable playing environment for all athletes.”

Through the MOU, ASEAN will support the implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), which harmonizes anti-doping programs in all sports and all countries of the world. It will also ensure that its member states do everything possible to further increase anti-doping capacity in the region.
 
ASEAN members also undertake to implement effective anti-doping education and athlete outreach programs, ensure that the necessary legislation and regulation are in place to uphold the terms of the Code, and cooperate with WADA and International Federations on all matters related to the protection of clean sport.
 
For its part, WADA will collaborate with and support ASEAN in common projects for its members. This includes sharing information, education and training resources, ensuring that ASEAN is invited to WADA events, and that it is being kept up to date on all pertinent matters related to anti-doping.
 
In addition to the signing of the MOU, the Asia/Oceania Region Intergovernmental Meeting being held on 14-15 March in Dubai is a chance for representatives of Governments from all over Asia and Oceania to gather again and discuss important anti-doping issues that will help in the protection of clean sport. In all, 34 countries are attending the meeting, either virtually or in person and among the speakers are WADA President Witold Bańka and Vice-President Yang Yang. Mr. Bańka highlighted three important aspects of anti-doping, namely the need for each country of the world to have a robust and relevant program, the importance of appropriate funding being assigned to anti-doping on a global level, and the requirement for meaningful dialogue and engagement with athletes.
 
In her speech, Ms. Yang took the opportunity to focus on the ongoing work to strengthen the quality of education in anti-doping, particularly through WADA’s Anti-Doping Education and Learning platform, known as ADEL. In addition, WADA Director General, Olivier Niggli, is attending the meeting and delivered a presentation focusing on the main elements of the Agency’s work in line with its Strategic Plan 2020-2024


12/03/2022 – WADA issues Testing Guidance for Anti-Doping Organizations following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine 

Dear Colleagues,
 
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) continues to be appalled by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the devastating war that is ongoing.
 
WADA President Witold Bańka said: “WADA is monitoring the horrific situation in Ukraine, which is changing on a daily basis. We are in regular contact with our colleagues from Ukraine’s National Anti-Doping Organization (NADC), which has temporarily halted its operations. The safety of our colleagues at the NADC, as well as all Ukrainian athletes and other citizens, is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. We condemn this act of aggression by Russia and stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine in these most difficult and dangerous of times.”
 
In order to maintain the integrity of the global anti-doping system as much as possible given the circumstances, today WADA is issuing Testing Guidance for Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs), with specific instructions and advice when it comes to anti-doping in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.
 
WADA Director General Olivier Niggli said: “As the global leader of anti-doping, WADA has been contacted by a number of stakeholders seeking guidance on how best to handle the testing of athletes and other aspects of the anti-doping system in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. This Testing Guidance emphasizes safety for all as our primary concern and provides direction to ensure that disruption to the system is minimized.”
 
WADA will continue to monitor developments and update this Guidance as necessary as the situation evolves.
 
Best regards,
 
World Anti-Doping Agency


14/2/22 WADA statement following CAS decision not to reinstate skater’s provisional suspension

Montreal, 14 February 2022
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) acknowledges the ruling announced today by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to confirm the lifting of the provisional suspension of Russian Olympic Committee figure skater Kamila Valieva.
 
WADA’s appeal to CAS in this case, which was filed alongside appeals by the International Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union, was based on WADA’s position that the decision by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) Disciplinary Committee to lift the mandatory provisional suspension on the athlete was not in line with the terms of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code). WADA is therefore disappointed by today’s ruling of the CAS Ad Hoc Division. While WADA has not received the reasoned award, it appears that the CAS panel decided not to apply the terms of the Code, which does not allow for specific exceptions to be made in relation to mandatory provisional suspensions for ‘protected persons’, including minors.
 
Concerning the analysis of the athlete’s sample, WADA always expects Anti-Doping Organizations to liaise with the laboratories in order to ensure they expedite the analysis of samples so that the results are received prior to athletes traveling to or competing in a major event, such as the Olympic or Paralympic Games and, where applicable, conduct results management of the cases related to such athletes.
 
According to information received by WADA, the sample in this case was not flagged by RUSADA as being a priority sample when it was received by the anti-doping laboratory in Stockholm, Sweden. This meant the laboratory did not know to fast-track the analysis of this sample.
 
As previously announced, under the terms of the Code, when a minor is involved in an anti-doping case, there is a requirement to investigate that athlete’s support personnel. RUSADA has already indicated it has begun that process. In addition, WADA’s independent Intelligence and Investigations Department will look into it.

22/11/21 – WADA PRESIDENT CALLS ON GOVERNMENTS TO IMPLEMENT SANCTION FRAMEWORK FOR UNESCO’S INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION AGAINST DOPING IN SPORT

Montreal, 26 October 2021 – The President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Witold Bańka, was in Paris today to address the 8th Session of the Conference of Parties to the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport (Convention) being held from 26-28 October 2021. The Convention, which is the legal framework under which Governments can address anti-doping issues, is the second most successful in the history of UNESCO, in terms of the pace of ratification, with only four countries of the world yet to sign up.

Stressing the importance of Governments’ involvement in anti-doping, the WADA President said it was vital for the entire anti-doping system that Governments of the world implement the Convention effectively. Mr. Bańka said: “From the outset, WADA, UNESCO and Governments have been partners. We are connected by a common mission. WADA oversees the World Anti-Doping Code while UNESCO is the custodian of the Convention which Governments commit to uphold. Governments are responsible for fulfilling the requirements of the Convention and they must be held to account for the commitments they have made in this regard. However, today there is no strong process under the Convention where Governments face consequences if they do not comply.

“The importance of Governments in anti-doping cannot be overestimated. Through legislation, policies, regulations, administrative practices and funding, they can take actions that are not available to the Sport Movement or to WADA. Governments can, in particular, restrict the availability or use of doping substances, increase border controls and fund Anti-Doping Organizations. When implemented effectively, the Convention is a robust instrument that works in tandem with and is complementary to the Code.

“Making sure State Parties stick to it must be a priority for UNESCO. Athletes who break the rules face severe consequences. The same is true for Anti-Doping Organizations, sports federations and other Signatories to the Code. But there is no real penalty for Governments that choose not to play by the rules.

“For me, this is a weak link in the system. Now is the time to address this issue. Like every stakeholder in the system, Governments should face consequences if they do not deliver on the promises they made. We must be bold and ambitious and ensure there is a mechanism to bind Governments in this area. All of us – WADA, UNESCO and Governments – must collaborate to fill the gap. I believe that it is in the interests of all Governments of the world to do this in order to provide a level playing field for athletes worldwide. Weaknesses in the system serve no purpose except to provide opportunities for those who wish to break the rules.

“The benefits of collaborating are as clear as they are far-reaching. More than simply upholding rules and regulations, anti-doping is about ensuring that sport continues to be a force for good in our world; that it maintains the trust of athletes and the general public. It is tied up with national identity, pride, good health and instilling the right values of integrity, respect and camaraderie. It is about using the power of sport to positively influence society. This makes anti-doping a societal issue as well as a sporting one.”

During his speech, Mr. Bańka also outlined some of the work being carried out by WADA across a range of anti-doping areas, including education, intelligence and investigations, testing, scientific research and capacity building, as well as the Agency’s core business of overseeing the evolution of the Code and monitoring the compliance of all Signatories. He also pointed out the need for more funding of the anti-doping system.

“As a global regulator, we must make every dollar count to ensure we can deliver on our mandate. The system continues to be successful but more financial resources are required to strengthen the Global Anti-Doping Program. Already, the Governments of the world and the Sport Movement are providing significant funding to WADA and to anti-doping generally and they should not have to shoulder this financial investment alone. It is for this reason that I am reaching out for other sources of funding, mainly from the private sector, to assist in the protection of clean sport.”

On Thursday 28 October, WADA Director General, Olivier Niggli, will also address delegates at the Session of the Conference of Parties concerning WADA’s activities since the last Conference in 2019; UNESCO’s proposed Model Legislative Framework Policy document; its proposed funding formula for WADA; and a review by States Parties of the 2022 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods that comes into force on 1 January 2022.

Click here for a video featuring WADA’s participation today at the Conference of Parties.


22/11/21 – WADA ANNOUNCES INDEPENDENT OBSERVER TEAMS FOR BEIJING OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES

Montreal, 15 November 2021


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce its Independent Observer (IO) program teams for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, which will take place from 4-20 February and from 4-13 March 2022, respectively.  

WADA’s IO program, which has been running since the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, and has included more than 50 major events during that time, is an important element of WADA’s compliance monitoring of Major Event Organizations. The IO teams provide an independent review of all aspects of the anti-doping programs as delivered at major events, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
 
WADA Director General Olivier Niggli said: “For the past 21 years, WADA IO teams have contributed to protect the integrity of the system at various major events around the world. The teams selected for Beijing 2022 represent a range of anti-doping professionals and athletes, all driven by a sense of fair play and the desire to make sure the athletes can benefit from the best anti-doping program at the Games. In what is a very effective mix of disciplines, the teams include experts in the fields of athlete representation, laboratories, medicine, science, testing, anti-doping policy, international relations and legal affairs.”
 
Each day during the Games, IO team members visit various event venues to observe how the anti-doping program is being implemented, from test distribution planning, the process of notification – including the work of chaperones, how the doping control officers are working in collecting the samples, to how those samples are stored and delivered for analysis, how the laboratory is carrying out the analysis process, the application of the Therapeutic Use Exemption process and finally, the results management process. The group will meet daily to go through their reports and flag any issues or potential improvement points.

In Beijing, the WADA IO teams, which are comprised of a combination of WADA staff, recognized anti-doping experts and other Anti-Doping Organizations’ specialists listed below, will work in collaboration with the International Testing Agency (ITA), which is operating the Olympic Games anti-doping program on behalf of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and its anti-doping team. Regular feedback will be provided so that the process can be strengthened in real time, while consolidated post-Games reports will formalize recommendations for the IOC, the IPC, the WADA-accredited laboratory in Beijing, the organizing committees, and WADA – all designed to enhance anti-doping activities at future events.
 
IO team for the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games:

  • Hitesh Patel (United Kingdom), Head of Music, Publishing and Copyright, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, UK Government; and Rapporteur to the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport (Chair)    
  • Karine Henrie (Canada), Deputy Director, Testing, WADA (Vice-Chair)
  • Stephen Bock (USA), Head of Legal and General Counsel, International Volleyball Federation (FIVB)
  • Thierry Boghosian (USA), Senior Manager, Laboratory Accreditation, WADA
  • Ying Cui (Canada), Manager, NADO/RADO Relations, WADA
  • Chika Hirai (Japan), General Manager, International Relations, Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA)
  • Vinicius Sardela (Brazil), Manager, Laboratory Operations, WADA
  • Dr. Yuhan Tan (Belgium), Medical Doctor, Member of WADA Athlete Committee, Former international badminton player
  • Alexis Webber (Switzerland), Head of Anti-Doping, International Football Federation (FIFA)

IO team for the 2022 Beijing Paralympic Games

  • Shafag Huseynli (Azerbaijan), CEO, Azerbaijan National Anti-Doping Agency (Chair)          
  • Ilaria Baudo (Italy), Senior Manager, Testing, WADA (Vice-Chair)
  • Mike Earl (United Kingdom), General Manager, Anti-Doping, World Rugby
  • Sameh Elray (Egypt), Manager, Africa Office, WADA
  • Adriana Escobar (El Salvador), Member of WADA Athlete Committee, International rower

As was the case at Tokyo 2020, WADA’s Outreach Program, which has been a long-standing fixture during the Games to raise anti-doping awareness among athletes and others, will not be present in Beijing in its usual format due to the COVID-19 restrictions. While these important face-to-face interactions will not be possible on this occasion, the program is still planning other ways to promote clean sport inside the Athlete Village


13/10/21 WADA CALLS FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE ANTI-DOPING SYSTEM IN AFRICA DURING FORUM WITH SPORTS MINISTERS

Montreal, 13 October 2021 – Today, the leadership of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) called on each African nation to strengthen and build the capacity of its own anti-doping program, at an important virtual forum attended by 10 Ministers for Sport from across the continent, plus the Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development in the African Union.

WADA President Witold Bańka, Vice-President Yang Yang and Director General Olivier Niggli were united in thanking the Ministers of Sport and other senior Government officials of African countries for their commitment to anti-doping, and encouraged further support for and from the region. The meeting was organized by WADA as part of a series of such opportunities to gather and share the views, concerns and ideas of Governments around the world. Similar meetings have taken place in other regions of the world and more are planned in the near future, including with Ministers from other African countries not attending this forum.

In his address, WADA President Witold Bańka outlined some of the work being undertaken by WADA, particularly as it relates to its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, funding for anti-doping and athlete engagement, as well as longer-term projects associated with WADA’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. He was clear that for the success of the anti-doping system, it was crucial that WADA continued to enjoy the support of Governments in Africa and elsewhere.

Speaking to the Ministers, Mr. Bańka said: “The Governments of the world are key stakeholders for WADA and we want to ensure that you are kept up to date on the very latest developments within anti-doping. Just as importantly, we wish to hear from you and respond to your questions, comments or concerns. We want to consider the growing importance of the African continent in sport and the important role African Governments play in the anti-doping eco-system and find ways to enhance that contribution.”

WADA’s President spoke about the importance of building anti-doping capacity across the continent of Africa, in particular that each country should have its own robust program. He stressed that to accomplish this, collaboration was essential. Governments play a crucial role and must be receptive to unlocking and enabling the creation of strong and relevant anti-doping programs at the national level, he said.

He continued: “Another vitally important group of stakeholders with whom we must collaborate more is the athletes. Anti-doping is all about the wellbeing and rights of athletes. It is our responsibility to strive to give them the opportunity to compete on a level playing field. A key priority identified in WADA’s Strategic Plan is to be more athlete-centered so that whatever we do, we do it with the participation of athletes of the world. We must listen to their needs; understand what frustrates and motivates them; tune into their considered views; and ultimately, take decisions based on that input. It is a balancing act to find common ground among so many different views – but it is important to listen and hear what athletes expect from the global anti-doping system. We will continue to ensure that the African athletes’ voices are heard.”

Witold Bańka, a former 400m runner at the international level, was joined virtually at the meeting by WADA Vice-President and double Olympic gold medal-winning short-track speed-skater, Yang Yang, from China.

Continuing the theme of collaboration and development in her speech, Yang Yang said: “For Africa to play its part in strengthening the global anti-doping movement, African Governments and African sports federations must also work together. Governments and sports must stand shoulder-to-shoulder in pursuit of protecting the health and well-being of African athletes; sing with one voice in protecting national pride in the performances of athletes; jointly uphold athletes’ rights and responsibilities; and collaboratively create a conducive environment for the development and implementation of strong and sustainable anti-doping programs. It is this same philosophy that led to WADA’s creation 22 years ago, and it remains true today. If we work together as one, we can achieve anything.”

In his presentation, WADA Director General Olivier Niggli provided detail on WADA’s Strategic Plan and also encouraged ongoing partnership and collaboration. He provided the Ministers with a brief overview of the history of WADA, the challenges that WADA is confronting and the plans in place to ensure that going forward, WADA is well placed to deal with these challenges and to make the most of the opportunities that arise.


13/10/21WADA RELEASES FOUR LABORATORY TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS FOR 2022

Montreal, 13 October 2021

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) publishes today the following revised Technical Documents (TDs) for 2022 and Summaries of Modifications, which were approved by WADA’s Executive Committee, via circulatory vote, on 6 October 2021.

Under the International Standard for Laboratories, WADA’s TDs are issued to provide direction to WADA-accredited Laboratories, WADA-approved Laboratories for the Athlete Biological Passport, and other stakeholders, on specific technical or procedural issues. As part of WADA’s mandate to enhance anti-doping activities under the World Anti-Doping Code, TDs undergo periodic revisions to reflect scientific and technological advances in the performance of anti-doping tests and the reporting of test results. They are refined and revised in consultation with WADA stakeholders.

2022 TECHNICAL DOCUMENTS

Please note that all WADA-accredited Laboratories are required to implement the following TDs in their procedures by 1 January 2022:

  1. TD2022EPO: This TD relates to the harmonization of analysis and reporting of erythropoietin (EPO) and other erythropoietin-receptor agonists (ERAs) by polyacrylamide gel electrophoretic (PAGE) analytical methods. It replaces the current TD2021EPO v2.0. In this new version of the TD, an Annex B has been included, which describes the existence of a minor EPO gene variant that is present in a minor percentage (< 1%) of individuals with East Asian ancestry and provides further guidance for the management and reporting of recombinant EPO (recEPO) findings.
  2. TD2022MRPL: This TD relates to the minimum required performance levels (MRPLs) and applicable minimum reporting levels (MRLs) for non-threshold substances analyzed by chromatographic-mass spectrometric analytical methods. It replaces the current TD2019MRPL. In this new version of the TD, important changes have been incorporated, including among others:
  • the concept of MRL for some non-threshold substances;
  • the difference between MRPL and MRL;
  • the adjustment of concentrations of target analyte(s) of non-threshold substances with an MRL with specific gravity > 1.018;
  • revised requirements for reporting an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for non-threshold substances subject to an MRL, including the use of an internal standard, of a single-point calibrator at 120% MRL, and of a quality control sample at MRL;
  • the definition of new MRLs for some substances (e.g., growth promoters (as per WADA Technical Letter 23); some diuretics/contaminants (as per WADA Technical Letter 24); vilanterol (a beta-2 agonist); dextran, mannitol and probenecid (masking agents); the cocaine parent compound; and some glucocorticoids).
  1. TD2022DL: This TD relates to the decision limits for the confirmatory quantification of exogenous threshold substances by chromatography-based analytical methods. It replaces the current TD2021DL. This new version of the TD DL has been modified to make it consistent with the TD2022MRPL regarding the reporting of findings for threshold substances (namely salbutamol, formoterol, cathine, ephedrine, methylephedrine and pseudoephedrine) when detected in conjunction with a diuretic subject to an MRL, or in the presence of any other diuretic or a masking agent. Further clarifications are provided in cases where there is an approved Therapeutic Use Exemption for the diuretic and/or the threshold substance. In addition, it has been clarified that, for cathine, the threshold of 5.00 μg/mL and decision limit of 6.00 μg/mL are applicable to cathine and its l-enantiomer.
  2. TD2022IRMS: This TD relates to the detection of synthetic forms of prohibited substances by gas chromatography combustion isotope ratio mass spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS). It replaces the current TD2021IRMS v2.0. In this new version of the TD IRMS, prednisone and prednisolone have been removed as target compounds for GC/C/IRMS analysis. This decision has been triggered by the revised, higher MRLs defined for these two glucocorticoids in the TD2022MRPL, which make GC/C/IRMS analysis unnecessary for reporting AAFs at levels higher than the MRL. In addition, further clarifications are provided on the use of secondary endogenous reference compounds.

The above TDs are available and indexed on WADA’s website.
 
Should you have any questions or comments regarding the 2022 Technical Documents, please do not hesitate to contact WADA’s Science Department at: science@wada-ama.org.


18/09/21 – FINAL REMINDER: WADA INVITES CANDIDATES TO APPLY FOR 2022 STANDING COMMITTEE MEMBER VACANCIES

Montreal, 16 September 2021 – Following our communications of 31 May 2021 and 12 August, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wishes to remind the anti-doping community of the vacant seats on WADA’s 2022 Standing Committees. We invite interested candidates for the vacancies outlined below to apply by 1 October 2021.

The Standing Committees, which report to WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo), play a key advisory role in policy and priority development for the Agency. The successful candidates will be approved by WADA’s ExCo on 24 November 2021 and take office on 1 January 2022 for three-year terms.

The vacancies are listed below with hyperlinks to the current Terms of Reference (TOR) of each Standing Committee.

Please note that, as it relates to the independent member vacancy on the Compliance Review Committee (CRC), there was an earlier application deadline of 3 September 2021 due to involvement of the Nominations Committee in the process.
 

Committees [Terms of Reference (TOR)]Vacant positionsDeadline
Athlete Committee [TOR]
Five positions
 
[Two seats are filled by athletes who  also sit on WADA’s Foundation  Board]
 
Friday, 1 October 2021

Education Committee [TOR]
 
Four positionsFriday, 1 October 2021

Finance and Administration  Committee [TOR]
 
Four positionsFriday, 1 October 2021

Health, Medical and Research  Committee [TOR]
 
Four positionsFriday, 1 October 2021


To be considered, all applications must include the following:

  1. an updated curriculum vitae(1), which fully outlines the candidate’s experience and expertise; and
     
  2. a letter of endorsement from one of WADA’s current Foundation Board members or a recognized WADA stakeholder group.

We invite candidates to send their applications by Friday, 1 October 2021 to Mr. Olivier Niggli, WADA Director General (c/o marjorie.chinnarassen@wada-ama.org).

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

WADA thanks all applicants for their interest.

Note:

(1) For purposes of review, evaluation and approval, candidates consent to the sharing of their curriculum vitae and candidate file (and personal information contained therein) with the WADA Director General, the Chair of the relevant Standing Committee, the Nominations Committee where applicable, and the Executive Committee and Foundation Board, in accordance with ‘Article VI, By-Laws on Standing Committees’ and ‘Article IX, Candidate Privacy Policy’ of WADA’s Governance Regulations. Candidates are kindly asked to review the Candidate Privacy Policy for details about how their personal information will be processed by WADA. By submitting their application, candidates confirm that they have read and understood the policy and accept its terms


18/09/21 – WADA CONTRIBUTES TO OECD’S COMPENDIUM OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS’ PRACTICES

Montreal, 16 September 2021 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) welcomes the publication by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) of its ‘Compendium of International Organizations’ Practices’, which was launched at the eighth Annual Meeting of International Organization Partnership, held virtually this week. The Agency was pleased to assist the OECD in compiling this useful publication by providing presentations of key practices in the field of anti-doping.
 
The Compendium is the first common tool developed collaboratively by regulatory International Organizations to improve the quality of their outputs across a wide range of topics, including anti-doping. The document includes examples of specific efforts undertaken by International Organizations to work towards more effective development, implementation and evaluation of international instruments, as well as ensuring stakeholder engagement and cooperation between International Organizations themselves.
 
As part of its participation in the Partnership of International Organizations for Effective International Rule Making, established and led by the OECD, WADA was one of more than 50 International Organizations that contributed to the Compendium, by sharing information regarding:

  • World Anti-Doping Code (Code) Compliance;
  • WADA’s Code Compliance Monitoring Program; and
  • Collaboration with the International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation (ILAC), which coordinates the assessment of WADA-accredited laboratories under both the International Standard for Laboratories and the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO’s)/International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC’s) standard (ISO/IEC 17025), concurrently.  

WADA’s Director General, Olivier Niggli, said: “WADA is an organization that is based on cooperation, with athletes, Governments of the world, the Sport Movement and many other stakeholders. Since our formation in 1999, we have built dozens of partnerships with various international bodies. Engaging with other International Organizations, including through this partnership of regulatory organizations set up by the OECD, has proven to be highly productive, allowing WADA to share its experience and expertise in building and overseeing a comprehensive regulatory framework for anti-doping but also to learn from others on their regulatory and cooperation practices. We were pleased to assist with the compilation of this compendium and we thank the OECD for leading this initiative.”