WADA Executive Committee United in Desire to Strengthen the Agency as the Leader of Clean Sport

Sep 22, 2016

Montreal, Canada, 21 September 2016 – Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) held its Executive Committee meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. Graciously accommodated by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), the Committee tabled topics ranging from the conclusions of WADA’s multi-stakeholder Think Tank held yesterday and the recent cyber-attacks on the Agency, to the standard annual approvals of the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (Prohibited List) and Research Projects.

“WADA is very encouraged by the level of engagement and solidarity that was expressed by Executive Committee Members around the table today, which echoed the sentiment coming out of the multi-stakeholder Think Tank held yesterday,” said Sir Craig Reedie, President, WADA. “Members from Governments and the Sports Movement alike were united in saying that an independent WADA must be reinforced, and publicly supported, in service of clean athletes,” he continued.

The Director General, Olivier Niggli, delivered a full report that, among other things, apprised the Committee of the consensusreached during the Think Tank. Mr. Niggli advised Members that the feedback received, and to be received via future Think Tanks and other channels, will be considered along with that of the Agency’s Foundation Board Meeting on 21 November 2016. “Following the November meeting, a roadmap will be drawn up aimed at strengthening key areas of anti-doping; as well as, providing a direction for the future of the system,” Niggli said. “WADA’s powers of investigation acquired in 2015 were instrumental in exposing Russian State manipulation of the doping control process,” Niggli continued. “We are more than open to learning from this experience and moving forward in the interest of strengthening the Agency and the global anti-doping system,” he said. “In particular, we are focussed on strengthening our investigation team; implementing consequences for non-compliance; and, reviewing WADA’s governance and funding model. All constructive proposals aimed at strengthening clean sport are welcome.”