Anti Doping Leaders host promising meeting with next WADA President
Sport Ireland joined the leaders of 18 other National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) for a summit in Oslo, Norway this week to review positive progress on key anti-doping issues while reaffirming the need to restore athlete confidence and strengthen the future of the anti-doping movement.
Speaking after the meeting, Sport Ireland Chief Executive, John Treacy, said: “I am encouraged today by the words of Minister Bańka in relation to the importance and ongoing role of NADOs in the future. I believe that there is now an opportunity to implement meaningful reforms in WADA".
Sport Ireland Director of Participation and Ethics, Dr Una May, added: “ For the sake of clean athletes throughout the world we will continue to monitor progress on the investigation of the multiple cases emerging from the Russian scandal and hope to see robust and timely action from relevant the International Federation. We are also committed to ensuring that Irish athletes can contribute at all levels in the fight for Clean Sport”.
Katie Fitzhenry, Ireland 7's and 15's rugby player commented “It is critical that athletes continue to work together if their voice is to be heard. Today’s engagement with the NADO leaders in Oslo offered us a further opportunity to strengthen our position. I am grateful to Sport Ireland for their support allowing for the continued presence of Irish athletes at global forums such as today’s”.
The full statement of the National Anti-Doping Organisations reads:
Anti-Doping Leaders are encouraged by Minister Witold Bańka’s commitment to clean sport and strengthening the voice of athletes as well as his recognition of the important role of NADOs in the fight to protect athlete’s right to fair play
The leaders of 19 National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) came together for a summit in Oslo, Norway this week to review positive progress on key anti-doping issues while reaffirming the need to restore athlete confidence and strengthen the future of the anti-doping movement.
Poland’s Minister of Sport and Tourism Witold Bańka, in his first formal engagement since his nomination for the position of WADA President, was warmly welcomed and voiced his support and appreciation of the substantial expertise and contribution NADOs make to the fight against doping.
NADO leaders voiced their expectations and concerns to Minister Bańka, as well as his planned vision and initiatives, that best serve the interests of clean athletes and restore confidence in the integrity of the anti-doping movement.
Following recent successful examples of collaboration between NADOs and law enforcement that have led to uncovering sports fraud, NADO leaders strongly encourage all governments to develop and pass national legislation consistent with the World Anti-Doping Code and Standards that aids in the fight against doping such as:
• The recent collaboration and coordinated effort of the Austrian and German authorities and NADOs to uncover blood doping in multiple sports;
• Legislation against international sports fraud and protection of whistleblowers; and,
• Numerous laws that encourage the sharing of information with relevant law enforcement authorities and aid in anti-doping intelligence gathering and investigation
The NADO leaders are grateful to WADA for providing an update on the active Russian investigation and preparation of many cases originating from the retrieval of the Moscow laboratory data and samples.
NADOs support WADA in continuing to ensure that no stone is left unturned in investigating and prosecuting all possible anti-doping rule violations, providing ongoing updates and full transparency.
The group acknowledged the first positive steps in WADA governance reform and continue to encourage further fundamental reforms which promote WADA, as the global regulator, to become more independent, transparent and to adopt best governance practices further supporting the general principles of the 2016 Copenhagen Reform Proposals.
The fight for clean sport and protection of clean athletes through robust anti-doping programs remain the guiding light of NADOs.
Athletes from around the world gathered in Oslo and shared with the NADO leaders their views on the importance of the athlete voice in decision making and contribution to the collaborative fight for the integrity of competition and clean sport.
The NADO Leaders stand in unison with these athletes in agreement that no athlete should be harassed or bullied for speaking truthfully about their rights to fair sport. WADA should hold themselves to the highest standards of behavior to promote a respectful and safe culture.
This statement is supported by the national anti-doping organizations of: