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Global co-ordination

WADA and the IOC

One of the greatest challenges facing the anti-doping movement is the global co-ordination of its efforts. While all recognise the goodwill and valiant efforts of the multitude of individual governing bodies, their authority has tended to be limited to particular sports and particular times of year, allowing loopholes for resourceful cheaters.

Through a collective initiative led by the IOC and following its World Conference on Doping, WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, was created in November 1999 to support and promote fundamental values in sport. With its establishment, organisations and governments around the world are now united in their efforts to promote drug-free sport.

Visit the official IOC website at: http://www.olympic.org/
or the WADA website at: http://www.wada-ama.org/

Cafdis

Meanwhile, a European-funded project known as Cafdis, initiated by National Olympic Committees and International Sports Federations, is working to support the efforts of the IOC and WADA. Cafdis aims to set up a worldwide network of motivated partners and advanced information platforms for the exchange of anti-doping information. A website will help to gather and disseminate information in four areas: education, future trends, research and development, and laboratory matters.

The Cafdis network will provide information on a need-to-know basis. The first-level audience will include athletes and the general public. A second level will include sports administrators, coaches and managers. The third level will provide information to laboratories, arbitrators and medical personnel. Finally, pharmaceutical, judicial and police organisations will be active collaborators in the project.

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Getting to grips with the real problem: drug abuse in sports is an issue of truly global proportions.
A recurring theme among anti-doping organisations has been the importance of
co-operation and the harmonisation of legislation, laboratory techniques and attitudes of sporting bodies. Now, WADA, along with projects such as Cafdis, is setting the stage for the concerted effort that so many have been waiting for.

Getting to grips with the real problem: drug abuse in sports is an issue of truly global proportions. A recurring theme among anti-doping organisations has been the importance of co-operation and the harmonisation of legislation, laboratory techniques and attitudes of sporting bodies. Now, WADA, along with projects such as Cafdis, is setting the stage for the concerted effort that so many have been waiting for.