WADA Talks with Paula Radcliffe
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
In this edition of WADA Talks, we sit down with long-distance runner and current marathon world record holder, Paula Radcliffe. A vocal anti-doping supporter for several years, Radcliffe credits the way she was brought up for her strong stance on doping.

“I was brought up to stand up for what I believed in, and then it became an integral part of me.

I cannot be my best if I am not being true to myself” she says. At times, actions speak louder than words; which explains why Radcliffe took to wearing a red ribbon during competitions as a way to show her support for blood testing and ensuring progression in anti-doping.

At the time, she says, there was very little support from her fellow athletes, and few wanted to be outspoken about doping issues.

However, she says, “you can see the climate of how things have changed now.” Despite the events of the last few years, Radcliffe maintains that she would still encourage young athletes wanting to get into track and field today: “I have a lot of faith that the athletes’ voice is now being listened to like never before” she says “across all things, not just anti-doping.” WADA Talks sees the agency’s Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications, Ben Nichols, interviewing leading figures from the athlete community, sport, government and other partners involved in the clean sport movement. To watch WADA Talks with Paula Radcliffe, and to see other videos from the Agency’s collection, please visit the WADA Talks Playlist on WADA’s YouTube Channel.

WADA reinstates the Doha Laboratory
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announces that, in accordance with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL), Sir Craig Reedie, Chairman of WADA’s Executive Committee, has approved lifting the suspension of the accreditation of the Doping Analysis Laboratory in Doha, Qatar.

This reinstatement allows the Doha Laboratory to resume all of its anti-doping activities, including all analyses of urine and blood samples, with immediate effect.  The Doha Laboratory, which had its accreditation suspended on 7 November 2016 due to non-conformities with the ISL, has successfully resolved the non-conformities, and has acted on all recommendations that arose from an assessment conducted by the Laboratory Expert Group.

As such, on 11 April 2017, the WADA Laboratory Expert Group recommended that the suspension be lifted. “WADA is pleased to confirm that the Doha Laboratory’s accreditation has been reinstated approximately five months after the laboratory was suspended,” said WADA Director General, Olivier Niggli.

“We would like to commend the Laboratory for the cooperation and hard work that led to this reinstatement.

We are confident that the laboratory has corrected its deficiencies; and, our Laboratory Expert Group will now continue to monitor the laboratory’s performance to ensure that it operates to the high standards required by WADA,” he added. Pursuant to the ISL, WADA is responsible for accrediting and re-accrediting anti-doping laboratories; thereby, ensuring that they maintain the highest quality standards. Whenever a laboratory does not meet ISL requirements, WADA may decide to suspend or revoke the laboratory’s accreditation.

The high number of laboratory suspensions in 2016 and 2017 have been a direct result of the more stringent quality assessment procedures enacted by WADA to ensure laboratories maintain the highest standards. As stipulated within the ISL, this decision to reinstate the Doha laboratory is communicated to all relevant national public authorities; national accreditation bodies; National Anti-Doping Organizations; National Olympic Committees; International Federations and the International Olympic Committee.  – ENDS – MEDIA CONTACTS Ben Nichols, Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications Phone: + 1-514-904-8225 E-mail: media@wada-ama.org Maggie Durand, Coordinator, Media Relations and Communications Phone: + 1-514-904-8225 E-mail: media@wada-ama.org

WADA removes Brazil from the World Anti-Doping Code non-compliant list
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
Following a circular vote of its Foundation Board, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) today removed the National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) of Brazil from the list of signatories previously deemed non-compliant with the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code (the Code).

The Brazilian authorities have successfully adopted procedural rules in line with the Code in order to regulate the activity of its newly established Disciplinary Tribunal. As stipulated in Article 23.5.5 of the Code, WADA will now report the removal of the NADO of Brazil from the list of non-compliant organizations to the Sports Movement and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). WADA continues to work with the last remaining non-compliant signatory (the Russian Anti-Doping Agency – RUSADA) to address its outstanding issues. – ENDS – MEDIA CONTACTS Ben Nichols, Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications Phone: + 1-514-904-8225 E-mail: media@wada-ama.org Maggie Durand, Coordinator, Media Relations and Communications Phone: + 1-514-904-8225 E-mail: media@wada-ama.org

2018 Social Science Research Grant Program
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
WADA issues a call for proposals for its 2018 Social Science Research Grant Program. For the 2018 Program, in addition to the topics below, WADA’s Education Committee is making an open call for proposals. Measuring the effectiveness of existing anti-doping interventions and strategies Understanding the experience and role of athlete support personnel in the pursuit of clean sport and doping prevention  Understanding how athletes and stakeholders view the legitimacy of anti-doping rules and the wider anti-doping system Proposals can be submitted from univeristies, colleges, small businesses, for profit and not-profit organizations. Proposals must be submitted no later than 3 July 2017 (00:00 GMT).

All submissions will be evaluated by external peer reviewers, whose recommendations will then be examined by WADA’s Social Science Research Review Panel and Education Committee before being presented to WADA’s Executive Committee for approval.

WADA will notify all applicants of the outcome in December 2017. For further information, regarding the 2018 Social Science Research Grant Program, including the application process, please visit the research grants application platform.

WADA celebrates Play True Day!
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT
Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is celebrating Play True Day along with athletes, national and regional anti-doping organizations, sporting federations and others around the world.  Play True Day is dedicated to Clean Sport and is intended to acquaint athletes, the sporting public and others with the global fight against doping, its health hazards, and why it is contrary to the spirit of sport. The inspiration for Play True Day stems from a WADA-hosted South American Education Conference in 2013, which was attended by 17 South American countries that were the driving force behind 10 April being declared Play True Day. While it started as a South American initiative, over the years, this grass roots movement has gained momentum with numerous European countries celebrating in 2016; and, organizers hoping that other regions of the world will jump on board this year and going forward. “WADA wishes to acknowledge the organizers of this special event that focusses the world on Clean Sport, and to congratulate everyone who is participating in Play True Day activities within their communities,” said Olivier Niggli, Director General, WADA.  “This is an example of what a grassroots movement can achieve,” he continued.

”The organizers saw an opportunity to educate, to promote clean sport and to celebrate the many reasons to Play True – and they seized it,” he continued.

 “Together, we can leverage this momentum to create a world where the clean athlete prevails…a world where athletes choose to stay clean out of self-respect, fairness to their fellow competitors, and for the pure joy that sport brings.” Anti-doping organizations, national and international sport federations, and educational institutions are running events dedicated to Clean Sport and/or including Clean Sport content in their existing events before, during and after Play True Day.  The organizers are encouraging others to leverage outreach programs, media interviews, social media, etc.

as ways to celebrate the day.  Events will be promoted on the Play True Day website at www.playtrueday.com. WADA encourages athletes and others to tell us why they Play True on social media by using #PlayTrueDay.