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Successful opening of 2013 WADA Conference
- Updated: November 13, 2013
The WADA Conference being hosted by the Department of Sports and Recreation South Africa and the City of Johannesburg in collaboration with WADA opened its session successfully in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 12 November 2013.
This is the fourth World Conference, following Lausanne in 1999, Copenhagen in 2003 and Madrid in 2007. Approximately 1000 people across the sporting spectrum were in attendance.
The work of the Conference is centred on the World Anti-Doping Code review process, which began in late 2011, and the resulting draft version of the 2015 Code. There was a consensus that to successfully combat the problem of doping, there needed to be a uniform approach, with coordination on a global scale. The code does not operate alone but with five International Standards that help harmonise the technical areas of anti-doping.
Sports and Recreation South Africa Minister, Fikile Mbalula, says: Legislation alone is not going to win the war against doping but collaborative efforts of government, business world and the sport fraternity as a whole.
For us as a country, this WADA Conference helps to intensify the fight against doping and any cheating in all aspects of life. We therefore continue to support our South African Institute for Drug-Free Sports (SAIDS), the Central Drug Authority and also devise effective anti-doping programmes to combat doping.
President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach highlighted: Our joint efforts have one goal: We want to protect the majority of the athletes, that is to say all those who compete in the spirit of fair play.
The President of WADA, Mr John Fahey, concluded by saying: In 14 years much has been achieved by WADA in fighting against doping. This is attributed to the dedication and unwavering support of all the stakeholders involved the world over.
WADAs next President and Vice-President will also be announced on Friday, 15 November.