September 3, 2020
International Anti-Doping Leaders Stand with Athlete Community in Calling on WADA to Go Further and Faster with Meaningful Anti-Doping Reform
- Global anti-doping leaders recognise steps for reform made by new WADA President, and hope to partner with WADA leaders to align with athletes by going “further and faster” for an independent and strong WADA;
- Four years since anti-doping leaders set the agenda for anti-doping reform following the Russian Doping Scandal by publishing The Copenhagen Declaration, leaders say that recent events show that pace of change needs to go further and faster;
- Leaders call on WADA as global regulator to conduct a thorough investigation on the recent dismissal of RUSADA Director General, Yuri Ganus, if there has been interference in operational decisions and activities of an independent anti-doping organisation by sport leaders;
- Leaders also discussed the major impact of COVID-19 pandemic on testing programs worldwide and vowed to do everything within their power to ensure this pandemic does not affect clean athlete’s rights leading into next summer’s Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
(Ottawa, Ontario – September 3, 2020) – In a two-part virtual meeting held this week to mark four years since The Copenhagen Declaration was published in the wake of the McLaren Report detailing Russia state-sponsored doping, international anti-doping leaders renewed their hope and support for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to go “further and faster with meaningful anti-doping reform.”