Friday, 26 October 2007

Week of 22-26 October News Wrap-up

A busy week professionally at ZENmud Productions, so here are some headlines that shouldn't be missed:

The Guardian reports on the EU sport ministers' regard for the abrupt resignation (as candidate for President of WADA, and as current Vice-president of same):

EU slams Lamour over WADA withdrawal, unsure on Fahey

LISBON, Oct 25 (Reuters) - European Union sports ministers criticised Frenchman Jean-Francois Lamour on Thursday over his decision to withdraw from the race to become president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The 27 ministers also failed to give their backing to Australia's John Fahey who is now the only candidate for the top anti-doping post, due to be voted on next month.

Headlines speak for themselves sometimes:

Dick Pound assails Jean-Francois Lamour after withdrawal from WADA presidential race

Associated Press Sports

Updated: 12:22 p.m. ET Oct. 19, 2007

LONDON (AP) -World Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound accused former French sports minister Jean-Francois Lamour of making "false and defamatory'' remarks when he announced his withdrawal as a candidate for president of the body.

Pound issued a sharply worded statement Friday rebutting Lamour's attacks on WADA following his decision to resign as a vice president of the agency and pull out of the presidential election.

"If Mr. Lamour is unable or unwilling to campaign to convince the governments ... that he should continue to represent them as WADA's next president, then perhaps he is not the right person to be entrusted with the leadership,'' Pound said...

In another subject, with a not-very-clear headline, Reuters reports (As carried by MSNBC) that the EU Sports Ministers have a mission to take on and improve their national legislations regarding doping in sport:

EU warns states over implementing anti-doping laws

By Darren Ennis
Updated: 8:18 a.m. ET Oct. 25, 2007

LISBON - European countries who do not sign up to anti-doping laws by the end of 2008 should not be allowed to bid for major international sports events such as the Olympics, European Union sports ministers agreed on Thursday.

A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report in April said 23 European states had still not signed up to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation convention.

[Ed. note: WADAwatch is aware of this WADA report from MAY 2007, with an effective date of April 12, 2007, that has a table for each region or continent's status as to signing the UNESCO treaty; it is unclear if that is the 'April report' to which Mr. Ennis refers...]

Silence reigns now on the Iban Mayo 'Hold the Mayo' testing results, as were the subject of these prior WADAwatch posts:

Lastly, sister publication crystelZENmud is preparing to publish the rather bleak results that have been received for its Questionnaire for WADA Labs 2007, which does not bode well for any rational redrafting of the WADA CODE and its subsidiary Laboratory and Testing documents. Scheduled for 1 November, 2007, that publication is surely going to be influencing the International Federations that are Signatories to the WADA system.

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