FIS President Gian Franco Kasper participated in the meetings of the Executive Committee and Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 19th -20th November in Montreal (CAN). The meetings focused on reviewing the working draft revision of the World Anti-Doping Code – the product of the first of three consultation phases with stakeholders. The final version of the revised code should be approved at the Third World Conference on Doping in Sport to be held in Madrid in November 2007. The Montreal session also elected Jean-FranÃ§ois Lamour, French Minister of Youth, Sport and Voluntary Work, to serve as the Agency’s next vice president and approved the agency’s 2007 budget, among other decisions.
The agency’s Executive Committee reiterated that WADA’s primary mission is to act as the monitoring watchdog for the implementation of and compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code, rather than being a service organization for international sports federations. It also stressed the critical role of governments in the global fight against doping and the need to coordinate sport and government collaboration to enable sport to deal with cheating on a timely basis. To date, 27 governments have ratified the International Convention against Doping in Sport. Once 30 ratifications are received, the Convention will formally enter into force.