GeneralNewsWADA Marks 10th Anniversary, Approves Athlete Passport Program

FasterSkier FasterSkierDecember 6, 2009

To mark its 10th anniversary, WADA held its annual end-of-the-year Executive Committee, of which FIS President Gian Franco Kasper is a member, and Foundation Board meetings, on 1st-2nd December in Stockholm (SWE).

The meeting agenda included topics such as doping prevention, athlete education, anti-doping development, the athlete biological passport program, cooperation with law enforcement and pharmaceutical companies as well as issues related to recent doping cases and investigations.

Notably, the Executive approved harmonized protocols and operating guidelines for the athlete biological passport. These protocols and guidelines, which take effect immediately, will provide anti-doping organizations worldwide with a robust and harmonized framework to implement this promising strategy in their fight against doping in sport. WADA’s Athlete Biological Passport Operating Guidelines provide an overview of the scientific principles behind the blood module of the Athlete Biological Passport and provides practical advice on the implementation of such a program. In addition, the document includes mandatory requirements for collection, transportation, analysis, and results management of blood samples. These mandatory technical documents will be incorporated into WADA’s International Standard for Testing and International Standard for Laboratories.

The Athlete Biological Passport Operating Guidelines and a Q&A on the Athlete Biological Passport can be consulted by clicking here.

WADA was constituted on 10th November 1999, following a joint initiative from the International Olympic Committee and governments of the world. To celebrate a decade of Play True and WADA’s commitment to doping-free sport, the Government of Sweden is hosting the anniversary meetings on the continent where WADA was founded.

Source: FIS

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