Anti Doping Leaders Gather in Switzerland

Sport Ireland yesterday joined the leaders of 19 other National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) in Lausanne, Switzerland, to discuss meaningful reforms to the anti-doping system in advance of the World Anti Doping Agency Presidential election taking place later this year.

A statement issued by the group of 20 nations, including the USA, UK, France, Germany and Ireland called on WADA Presidential Candidates to publicly commit to:

* Further support the general principles of the 2016 Copenhagen Reform Proposals that call on the global regulator to become more independent, transparent and adopt best governance practices

* To stand “shoulder to shoulder” with athlete community, following the recent rise in athlete voice.

* To ensure an exhaustive, transparent and thorough accounting of the data from the Moscow laboratory and the pursuit of justice against all involved.

“We are entering into a critical phase in the fight against doping, with the WADA Presidential elections on the horizon,” said Sport Ireland CEO speaking after the meeting.

“The single biggest doping scandal, as uncovered by the McLaren Report, is still a very real issue. The new President of WADA must act in the interests of clean athletes and keep this issue on the table until such time as all presumptive positive samples in the Moscow laboratory are investigated in a full and transparent manner.”

Sport Ireland Director of Participation and Ethics, Dr Una May, added: “Today’s meeting was an important opportunity for NADO leaders to discuss the best way forward for the international anti-doping system.”

“There are a number of fundamental changes which need to happen in order for confidence in the system to be restored; none more so than the full implementation of the Copenhagen Proposals put forward to WADA by the NADOs. Conflicts of interests need to be removed if clean athletes globally are to trust the system and know that decisions taken are in their best interests.”

WADA’s Annual Symposium will include discussion among athlete representatives, government representatives, International Federations, National Anti-Doping Organizations, Major Event Organizations and WADA-accredited laboratories, as well as other stakeholders including the media, researchers and service providers.

The theme of this years gathering in Switzerland is “Towards 2021 – Navigating the Future Together”.

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