Results of the WADA Foundation Board meeting

At its meeting in Motreal (Canada), WADA Foundation Board adopted a number of decisions, that will allow to improve the work of the organization.

The day began with the speech of the Head of the WADA Compliance Review Committee  (CRC), Jonathan Taylor, who received the approval of the WADA Foundation Board to develop a system that provides a differentiated punishment for non-compliance with the WADA Code. Intensive consultations on this issue will begin in early June. The new version of the document will be presented at the next meeting of the Foundation Board  in November 2017, and the changes should come into effect at the beginning of next year.

‘The differentiated sanctions system will become an adequate response to the appeal of persons concerned, especially athletes, to develop a transparent system of response to non-compliance with the WADA Code’, said WADA President Craig Reedy.

‘We are confident that the adoption of amendments to the WADA Code will be a decisive step towards ensuring equal conditions for all participants in the competitions. Now, a very important time is coming for all members of the movement for clean sports’, added the chairman of the WADA Commission of Athletes Rebecca Scott. 

Having heard the reports of the Minister of Sports and Tourism of Poland Vitold Bank and the Mayor of Katowice Martzin Krup, the WADA Foundation Board approved the holding of the 5th International Convention against Doping in Sport in this city in November, 2019.

‘Our country has been   actively supporting the fight against doping in sport for many years. The next Convention promises to be very interesting, and we look forward to meeting with its participants in Katowice’, Polish officials said.

The Foundation Board also approved the recommendation of the CRC to allow the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to plan, coordinate and conduct testing by efforts of its own doping officers under the guidance of two international experts from the UKAD   anti-doping agency appointed by WADA as soon as the Russian side fulfills a number of conditions. This should happen in the coming weeks.

‘WADA will continue to cooperate with Russia to help the country fulfill all the criteria as soon as possible in accordance with the agreed ‘road map’, said WADA Director General Olivier Niggli. ‘We, our colleagues from the UKAD and other independent experts are convinced of the correctness of the decision to return RUSADA the right to conduct testing under the control of UKAD.

The meeting also announced the latest data on the improvement of the Department of Investigations’ work. Its director Gunther Jünger spoke in detail about the new WADA’s  Speak Up! program for informers. The Council approved the ‘Policy and Fundamentals of the Department’, which provide it with full autonomy, as well as the activities of an independent auditor who will check their work. This will allow WADA to more effectively combat the use of doping.

Then four-time Olympic champion in Speed Skating Juhan-Olof Koss rose to the podium. Legendary Norwegian told about the activities of the Fair Sport organization. This is the name of the Foundation for the Support of Informants reporting on an anti-doping rule violation, of which Coss is now a person.

At the end of the meeting, WADA founders signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Fair Sport and the support of informants through the creation of an effective mechanism, including the provision of legal advice and financial assistance.

WADA representatives  approved the system of appointments to the Board of Directors of the Independent Testing Authority (ITA), which will include representatives of public authorities, the Olympic movement and athletes. ITA will support international sports federations in implementing anti-doping programs.

The Board confirmed that WADA will consider the possibility of developing a single international standard for training and dissemination of information within the framework of the World Anti-Doping Program. To determine the parameters, a working group will be formed, which will submit its proposals to the WADA Foundation Board  in May, 2018.

Members of the Foundation Board approved the  2016 financial report   and got acquainted with the draft budget for 2018, drawn up taking into account   WADA’s priority tasks, requiring significant financial investments. Discussion of this issue will continue in July at a meeting of the WADA Finance Committee. It is expected that the draft budget for the next year will be submitted to the WADA Executive Committee in September, and in November it will be sent to the Foundation Board for approval.

The Board was informed about the activities of the two WADA working groups formed in November 2016. A working group on governance, established to ensure the independence of the anti-doping system from sports organizations and national governments, held its first meeting in March. The next meeting is scheduled for July.

The Working Group on the Laboratory Accreditation submitted its preliminary findings to the Council, and the final recommendations will be announced at the next WADA Foundation Board meeting in November.