Press briefing from anti-doping body

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will hold a symposium for journalists on February 27, 2008, at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. This symposium will be an opportunity for the media to hear from the Hon John Fahey, whose term as president of WADA will begin on January 1.

The year 2008 will be an important one for WADA. It is the first year that signatories to the 2003 World Anti-Doping Code — the document harmonising anti-doping rules and regulations across all sports and all countries — must publicly report their status on Code compliance.

In addition, following the unanimous adoption of the revised Code in November at the Third World Conference on Doping in Sport in Madrid, signatories will also have to implement the necessary amendments in their rules prior to the coming into force of the revised Code on January 1, 2009.

For their part, governments worldwide will continue to ratify individually the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport, the treaty through which they align their domestic policies with the Code.

In addition, continued advances will be made in 2008 in WADA’s key priority areas including research, testing, education, coordination, anti-doping development, and cooperation with law enforcement authorities.

In light of these developments and activities, WADA invites all interested journalists for a day of interaction and updates about the Agency’s work and mission, as well as the advances and the challenges of the fight against doping in sport in general.

Programme details, registration information and other logistical details will be available soon.

WADA contact for the Media:

Frédéric Donzé
WADA Media Relations & Communications Manager
Phone : +1 514 904 8820
E-mail :

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