TODAY, THE 5TH OLYMPIC SUMMIT HELD IN LAUSANNE AGREED ON IN-PRINCIPLE PROPOSALS CONCERNING THE FULL REVIEW OF THE WADA ANTI-DOPING SYSTEM.
SAADC (The Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee) the first sport organization in Saudi Arabia, the first Anti-Doping organization in the Middle East
obtain the ISO9001:2008
In concurrence with the Saudi Vision 2030, and in harmony with developmental steps taken by the General Authority for Sports, and the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, the Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee successfully met all the requirements for the ISO 9001:2008, and consequently acquired the certification on 20th August 2016 to be the first sport organization achieving this feat in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the first Anti-Doping Organization in Middle East as well.
The URS (United Registrar of Systems Limited); the organization offering the ISO certification in UK, has exalted the high performance of SAADC in implementing the requirements of the Quality Management system, and its commitment to the international performance standards in a high professionalism, where the IOS working team had conducted 26 visits in the last year to the SAADC headquarters to ensure the precise application and implementation of the process, in addition to 8 specialized workshops to fulfill the achievement of the quality standards in accordance with the internationally recognized principles.
Chairman of the SAADC’s Board, Dr. Mohammed Saleh Al-Konbaz, affirmed that the certificate has been achieved by the grace of Allah, and then the precise application of the high directions of the Custodian of the Two Holly Mosques, his Crown Prince, and his Deputy Crown Prince-Allah bless them all- about the conduction of the national transitional programs to reach the Saudi Vision 2030.
Dr. Al-Konbaz indicated to the keenness of HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Musaad; president of the General Authority for Sports, and chairman of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee to pursue the development of the institutional distinction methodology, and to bring about a working environment that goes in line with the achievement of future aspirations to reach clean and doping-free sport.
Dr. Al-Konbaz has extended his thanks and appreciation to SAADC’s members of the Board and all staff who effectively contributed to the certification obtainment which is considered as a culmination to the development that SAADC seeks in the institutional administrative work, pointing out that the presence of such clear, smooth and transparent working mechanism, that complies with the international standards in carrying out tasks and responsibilities has contributed directly to the obtainment of such feat.
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.
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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.
Mashal Alkhazai tested positive for anabolic steroids in an out-of-competition test ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that Saudi Arabian powerlifter Mashal Alkhazai has been suspended for eight years for the second Anti-Doping Rule violation of his career.
Alkhazai returned an adverse analytical finding for metenolone in a urine sample provided on 4 September in an out-of-competition test conducted in Rio, Brazil, ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
This substance is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2016 Prohibited List under the category S1. Anabolic Agents and is prohibited at all times, both in and out of competition.
As a result of his violation, Alkhazai will be ineligible from competition for eight years from 11 September 2016, the date of the decision, until 12 September 2024. The athlete was due to compete in the men’s +107kg event on Wednesday (14 September) and, following the decision, has had his Rio 2016 accreditation withdrawn and has left the Paralympic Village.
The principle of strict liability applies to anti-doping matters. Therefore, each athlete is strictly liable for the substances found in his or her sample, and that an anti-doping rule violation occurs whenever a prohibited substance (or its metabolites or markers) is found in his or her bodily specimen, whether or not the athlete intentionally or unintentionally used a prohibited substance or was negligent or otherwise at fault.
As a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC), the IPC remains committed to a doping free sporting environment at all levels. The IPC, together with the International Federations and the National Paralympic Committees, established the IPC Anti-Doping Code to prevent doping in sport for Paralympic athletes, in the spirit of fair play. The IPC Anti-Doping Code is in conformity with the general principles of the WADC.
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.Continue Reading