LAUSANNE, Switzerland (20 July 2000) - WADA One-Fifth of the Way Toward Achieving Goal of 2,150 Tests Before Sydney -
Nineteen Olympic International Sports Federations (IF) to date have signed agreements allowing out-of competition tests to be conducted within their sports, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced today. WADA is still negotiating the terms of testing agreements with the nine other federations.
On June 20, 2000, the WADA Executive Committee agreed to the wording of the contract the IFs have to sign with WADA in order for WADA to be able to conduct the out of competition tests. After one month of negotiations, the following is the current status of discussions with the 28 IFs:
UIPM (Modern Pentathlon)
ITTF (Table Tennis)
Commenting on the progress over the past month, WADA Chairman Richard W. Pound said, “We commend the IFs that have signed up for the testing program. It is encouraging that 19 of the IFs appear to be anxious to address this problem by joining the program so quickly. We hope the remaining IFs will follow suit as soon as possible.
“What is particularly gratifying is that some IFs have amended their policies so quickly to allow out-of competition testing for the first time. This is a true accomplishment for the Olympic Movement. We hope their examples will stimulate other IFs to act accordingly.”
Earlier this year, WADA announced its goal of conducting 2,500 random, unannounced, out-of-competition tests by December 31, 2000, with the majority of these tests, about 2,150, to be conducted prior to the Sydney Olympic Games. In the past month, WADA already has conducted more than 400 tests, bringing WADA about one-fifth of the way toward its goal. Another 400 tests are scheduled to be conducted over the next ten days.
WADA has appointed the Drug-Free Sport Consortium (DFSC) to conduct the tests, which are being conducted in a manner compatible with International Standards for Doping Control (ISDC) and in accordance with each IF’s anti-doping regulations.
The DFSC consists of three national anti-doping agencies: the Australian Sport Drug Agency (ASDA), the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), and the Norwegian Confederation of Sports (NIF). In order to provide the world-wide reach needed for sample collection, the DFSC has partnered with International Doping Tests and Management (IDTM).