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The 3rd DCO Assistant Training Course successfully concluded

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The 3rd DCO Assistant Training Course successfully concluded
The 3rd DCO Assistant Training Course concluded its works yesterday; Wednesday, 30th November 2016, in Prince Faisal bin Fahad Olympic Complex in Riyadh. The course was organized by the SAADC over two days in the Conference Hall of the Prince Faisal bin Fahad Olympic Complex in Riyadh. 32 trainees participated in the course in the presence of Dr. Mohammed Saleh Alkonbaz; SAADC’s Chairman, and members of the SAADC-affiliated DCO Sub-Committee.
The trainees  received a number of lectures during the period of the course which ended up by written and practical tests through which all the instructions of lecturers were applied.
On his part, Mr. Khaled Almahad; SAADC’s Board member and treasurer, handed over certificates of completion to all participants of the course.

 

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WADA Update regarding Maria Sharapova Case

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has now reviewed the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Independent Tribunal’s decision in the Maria Sharapova case. The Tribunal found that Maria Sharapova committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) for the use of banned substance Meldonium, and that, as a consequence, a period of ineligibility of two (2) years was imposed, commencing on 26 January 2016.

After reviewing the decision in full, including the reasoning that led to the Tribunal’s decision, WADA today confirms that it will not be exercising its independent right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

We acknowledge that Ms. Sharapova has today lodged her own appeal to CAS. The ITF will be the respondent in the appeal. As with all cases, and in order to respect the integrity of the legal process, WADA will refrain from commenting on the case until a decision has been rendered by CAS.

Source: https://www.wada-ama.org/en/media/news/2016-06/wada-update-regarding-maria-sharapova-case

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Putin offers ‘every assistance’ to WADA doping probe

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Agencies/Moscow
President Vladimir Putin yesterday said Russia will give “every assistance” to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) inspectors probing allegations of organized doping among its Olympic athletes.
“If there are any doubts, they need to be eliminated,” Putin said during a televised news conference in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
“I have instructed the sports ministry and all the Russian government agencies and institutions to provide WADA inspectors with every assistance in organizing their work.”
WADA is investigating sensational claims published in an interview with The New York Times with the former head of Russia’s anti-doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, as well as allegations made by Vitaly Stepanov, a former employee of Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA.
Rodchenkov, who has fled to the United States, gave details of an organised doping campaign including at least 15 medalists during the Sochi Games, with the close involvement of the sports ministry and the FSB security service.
Putin said that the investigation into Russian athletes’ use of performance-enhancing drugs comes “against a backdrop of politically motivated restrictions in respect to our country”, referring to Western sanctions over Ukraine.
“But I hope that WADA’s actions are not in any way linked to this,” the Kremlin strongman said.
Russian prosecutors said Thursday that they have launched an inquiry into doping allegations involving athletes who competed at the Olympic Games in Beijing, London and Sochi, and would be requesting information from WADA.
The announcement came after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that 31 athletes from 12 countries had failed doping tests following new examinations of samples taken during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Russia meanwhile is scrambling to reform its scandal-ridden anti-doping program in time for its track and field stars to compete at the Rio Olympics in August.
Athletics’ international governing body, the IAAF, provisionally suspended Russia in November over a bombshell report by WADA independent commission that found evidence of state-sponsored doping and mass corruption in Russian athletics.
The IAAF will rule on Russia’s participation at the Rio Games at an extraordinary Council meeting in Vienna next month.
The statement comes after WADA president Craig Reedie urged Russia to give WADA drug testers unfettered access to athletes in its so-called ‘closed cities’.
Reedie wrote to Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko two weeks after a German WADA official was threatened with deportation by Russia’s FSB intelligence service for trying to test a Paralympic athlete in the closed city of Tryokhgorny, according to a report in the Times of London.
“These kinds of actions are totally unacceptable and full access to these ‘closed cities’ must be guaranteed,” Reedie told the Times. The term refers to towns where Russia restricts the movements of foreigners because they are home to national security installations.
Reedie, who has been criticized in some media for appearing to take a soft line towards Moscow on the issue, said Russia was dragging its feet over improving its anti-doping system and ruled out compliance in time for the Rio Olympics, which start in August.
“We are having to deal very firmly with a never-ending set of issues in Russia.”
“I think it highly unlikely they will be compliant by the time of the Olympic Games. Our roadmap could take two years to implement at the current rate,” he said.
 
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WADA Statement regarding Maria Sharapova Case

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‘WADA is aware of the ongoing, and highly publicized, case concerning tennis player, Maria Sharapova. As is our normal process, and in order to protect the integrity of the case, WADA will refrain from commenting further until a decision has been issued by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Following that, WADA will review the reasons for the decision and subsequently decide whether or not to use its independent right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
We can confirm that meldonium was added to the 2016 Prohibited List which took effect on 1 January 2016, having previously been on WADA’s monitoring program for the duration of 2015.
Meldonium was added [to the Prohibited List] because of evidence of its use by athletes with the intention of enhancing performance.’ 
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WADA statement regarding Olympic Summit

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) acknowledges the ‘recommendations in principle’ that were made today, to WADA, during the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC’s) Olympic Summit held in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“WADA welcomes all constructive proposals aimed at reinforcing clean sport,” said Sir Craig Reedie, WADA President. “Today’s Summit was one more stop on our road to strengthening WADA and the global anti-doping system,” he continued. “The recommendations that were put forward today will be considered along with others that we have received from stakeholders on such key topics as: WADA’s governance and funding model; consequences for non-compliance; investigations; and testing.”

“It was encouraging to hear the sentiment expressed in today’s Olympic Summit that echoes the consensus reached by other stakeholders to the effect that WADA must be given greater authority and regulatory powers,” Reedie continued. “We will take these ideas forward with us into WADA’s Foundation Board meeting on 20 November; at which, the process towards a ‘roadmap’ will be drawn up,” added Reedie.

On 20 September, WADA’s first multi-stakeholder Think Tank reached an eight-point consensus to the effect that WADA must be strengthened and empowered with greater independence and sanctioning power. The consensus was endorsed by WADA’s Executive Committee the following day. On 20 November, WADA’s Foundation Board will consider the consensus and the Summit’s recommendations; along with, outcomes that will stem from the Government Forum of 17-18 November and other stakeholders. The Foundation Board will begin the process towards a ‘roadmap’, which will include further consultation, aimed at strengthening key areas of anti-doping; as well as, providing a direction for the future of the system.  As part of its consultation process, WADA plans on holding more Think Tanks in 2017.

Today’s Olympic Summit — a meeting called by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President several times a year — included representatives of the Olympic Movement; such as:  the IOC President, Vice Presidents and Executive Board Members; and, the Presidents of a number of International Sports Federations; National Olympic Committees; umbrella organizations such as the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF), the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and SportAccord; WADA (Sir Craig Reedie); and, the International Paralympic Committee.

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https://www.wada-ama.org/en/media/news/2016-10/wada-statement-regarding-olympic-summit

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WADA SUPPORTS IAAF DECISION TO MAINTAIN RUSSIAN ATHLETICS FEDERATION SUSPENSION

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Montreal, 17 June 2016 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) fully supports the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Council decision taken today, at its meeting in Vienna, to maintain the suspension of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF).  The suspension was first imposed by the IAAF on 13 November 2015 further to the findings of WADA’s Independent Commission into widespread doping in Russian Athletics.

The IAAF Council unanimously endorsed the IAAF Task Force recommendation that they uphold ARAF’s suspension until further notice. The recommendation was the result of ARAF’s  failure to satisfy the reinstatement criteria that had been established by the Task Force; which was in part due to a continued “deep-seated culture of tolerance (or worse) for doping; and the inability to create a strong and effective anti-doping infrastructure capable of detecting and deterring doping. WADA acknowledges that the suspension means that under IAAF Rules, Russian track and field athletes are ineligible to compete in international competitions, including the European Championships and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“WADA fully supports the IAAF Council’s decision to uphold its Task Force’s recommendation to maintain Russian suspension,” said Sir Craig Reedie, President of WADA. “The Agency applauds the outcome and the process that the IAAF Council followed by appointing an independent Task Force to evaluate ARAF’s compliance,” he said.

Reedie continued, “WADA is now anticipating the outcomes of its own independent McLaren Investigation that was formed on 18 May, which is examining further allegations of doping in Russia. On 15 June, WADA also issued an updated report concerning Russian testing during their period of non-compliance, which outlined very serious limitations to Russia’s program. In view of today’s decision by the IAAF; the allegations that Professor McLaren’s team is currently investigating, including their preliminary findings revealing that there is sufficient corroborated evidence to confirm manipulation of athlete doping samples; and, the present status of Russian testing; it is clear that there is a serious need for culture change in Russia within government and among sports leaders, athletes and athlete support personnel,” Reedie continued.

 Today, Professor McLaren issued a statement concerning ‘preliminary findings’, which were shared with the IAAF Task Force, to the effect that there is: “sufficient corroborated evidence to confirm…a mandatory state-directed manipulation of laboratory analytical results operating within the Moscow-accredited laboratory from at least 2011 forward including the period of the IAAF World Championships in 2013”.

The full McLaren Investigation Report is to be delivered to the WADA President by 15 Julyand published in full within five days of receipt. The President can extend the mandate if he deems it necessary or appropriate.

WADA wholeheartedly supports the IAAF’s recommendation to allow any individual athlete, ‘who has made an extraordinary contribution to the fight against doping in sport’ to apply for such permission. The IAAF particularly noted Yuliya Stepanova, who was instrumental in exposing the widespread doping in Russian athletics that launched WADA’s Independent Commission. WADA reiterates its full support for Ms. Stepanova’s return to international competition.

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WADA STATEMENT REGARDING MARIA SHARAPOVA CASE

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Montreal, 8 June 2016 – WADA acknowledges the decision issued today by the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Independent Tribunal which found that Maria Sharapova committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) for the use of banned substance Meldonium, and that, as a consequence, a period of ineligibility of two (2) years has been imposed, commencing on 26 January 2016.
 
As with all decisions made by Anti-Doping Organizations, WADA will review the decision, including its reasoning, and will subsequently decide whether or not to use its independent right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
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WADA HOSTS 12TH ANTI-DOPING ORGANIZATION SYMPOSIUM FOCUSED ON PROTECTING THE CLEAN ATHLETE

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The Agency welcomes over 500 delegates with doping in the spotlight as never before

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Lausanne, 16 March 2016 – This week, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) welcomed a  record number of over 500 delegates from around the world to its 12th Anti-Doping Organization (ADO) Symposium, at Palais de Beaulieu, to discuss the way forward for protecting the clean athlete.  The event, which ran from 14-16 March, attracted anti-doping experts from International Sport Federations (IFs), National Anti-Doping Organizations, Regional Anti-Doping Organizations, Major Games Organizers, WADA-accredited laboratories and other stakeholders; as well as, over 50 international media – all that are integral to the clean sport movement.
 
As partnership and quality practice under the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code (Code) are essential to mounting a successful collaborative campaign for clean sport, the Symposium was centered on the theme ‘Partnering for Quality Practice’ and, ultimately, focused delegates on the clean athlete and the ways and means of protecting their right to clean sport.
 
“In this year of heightened global interest in anti-doping, WADA’s Symposium provided the Agency and its partners with the perfect opportunity to sit down under one roof and reflect on recent developments; exchange on challenges and opportunities; share best practices; and, generally, take stock regarding how we’re delivering on our common, global, purpose to protect clean sport” said Frédéric Donzé, WADA’s European Regional Office and IF Relations Director, who organized and hosted the event.
 
During his keynote address, Sir Craig Reedie, WADA President said, “In light of recent events, it is clear that WADA, and the anti-doping community, is facing a pivotal moment in its short history.  The public’s confidence has been shattered and it is up to us, the anti-doping community, to right the wrongs and turn this period of adversity into opportunity.”  In concluding his address, Reedie added: “Sport has had its wakeup call and the anti-doping community must find some of the answers to the questions posed today if we are to shore up trust, and give sport back its credibility”.
 
The Symposium included a mix of plenary sessions under the sub-themes: how the 2015 Anti-Doping Code is making a difference; how to capitalize on major events to protect clean athletes; how science can support quality programs; and anti-doping coordination.  The last day offered up practical workshops related to: education; testing strategies; results management; sample storage and re-analysis; and doping reporting mechanisms.
 
The event also featured interviews with Richard W. Pound, WADA’s founding President and Chair of its Independent Commission that investigated and reported upon allegations into doping in Russian athletics; and, Lord Sebastien Coe, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations, who discussed his personal story and gave his take regarding anti-doping in light of the Commission’s revelations.
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