WADA to select 2013 World Conference on Doping in Sport host city next week

Submitted by Yomi Omogbeja on 12 November 2010 - 3:08pm

The World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) Executive Committee and Foundation Board will meet respectively on Saturday, November 20, and Sunday, November 21, 2010, in Montreal to select 2013 World Conference on Doping in Sport Host City.

During these meetings, Members representing governments of all regions of the world and the Olympic Movement will, in particular, select the host city of the Fourth World Conference on Doping in Sport, to be held in late 2013.

Earlier this year, five cities formally expressed interest in hosting the World Conference.

These cities (by alphabetical order) are Dallas, USA; Johannesburg, South Africa; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Ljubljana, Slovenia; and Sochi, Russia. In the meantime, Kuwait City has withdrawn its bid.

WADA's Management subsequently reviewed the bid files and prepared a factual summary of the elements provided by the four remaining cities. The Foundation Board will select the host city.

The 2013 Conference will be the culmination of the next review of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), which WADA will launch in 2012.

The review will be based on the consultative model of the Code review process conducted in 2006-2007, leading to the Third World Conference on Doping in Sport held in Madrid, Spain, in November 2007.

Social Science Research

As is traditionally the case at its November meeting, the Executive Committee will approve social science research projects for funding.

WADA's Social Science Research Program fosters understanding of attitudinal and behavioural aspects of doping to enhance doping prevention strategies.

Since the creation of the Program in 2005, 34 projects have been funded for a total of over US$1 million.

Other Matters

The Executive Committee will also approve WADA's 2011 budget.

In addition, the Executive Committee and Foundation Board meetings will be an opportunity for Members to consider recent advances in anti-doping and to be updated on some of the Agency's key activities.

These include: doping prevention; athlete education; anti-doping development; science; cooperation with law enforcement and pharmaceutical companies; ratification of the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport by individual governments; World Anti-Doping Code compliance; and issues related to recent doping cases and investigations.