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