New WADA President elected and 2015 WADA Code approved
More than 1,000 representatives of public authorities, the sport movement, the anti-doping community, athletes, observers and media convened from 13th-15th November at the 2013 World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg (RSA).
The Conference centred on approving the World Anti-Doping Code 2015 in addition to announcing the next President of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Elected by the WADA Foundation Board, Sir Craig Reedie was announced new President on 15th November. He was the only candidate in the running to replace John Fahey, whose presidency concludes at the end of 2013. Sir Craig becomes the third WADA President, following former Finance Minister Fahey (AUS) and fellow IOC member Dick Pound (CAN).
Alongside the appointment of Reedie, WADA also announced the election of H.E. Mr. M.A. Stofile (RSA) as the organisation’s next Vice President as of 1st January 2014. The 68-year-old, who served on WADA’s Executive Committee and Foundation Board from 2004 - 2010, replaces Arne Ljungqvist who has served as WADA’s Vice President since 2008.
Governments and sports movement adopt Resolution to strengthen fight against doping in sport, 2015 WADA Code approved
The sports movement and governments of the world renewed their joint commitment to the fight against doping by adopting a resolution and approving the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code and four accompanying International Standards.
Ever since its initial adoption by sport and government in 2003, the Code has acted as the global framework for a consistent, standardised approach to tackling doping across the world.
In a meeting held prior to the World Conference’s adoption of the Johannesburg Declaration, WADA’s Foundation Board unanimously approved the revisions to enhance the Code, and with it helped send a strong message of intent to the world’s sporting community. Changes in the Code include an increase in the ban on serious offenders from two years to four years, smarter testing, an extension of the statute of limitations from eight to 10 years, and rules to facilitate the punishment of members of an athlete’s entourage involved in doping.
The Resolution marks the end of a two-year journey, through which the Code has been strengthened and refined following extensive input from stakeholders. The revised Code will take effect on 1st January 2015, in time for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro (BRA).