Thursday, 28 February 2008

WADA show, WADA performance...

WADAwatch wants to graciously thank the crew from WADA that put together a very informative session for the Press, in Lausanne, on the 27th of February.

The range of discussions was across most of the vital issues it is confronting, in the year of a new presidency, a strong reaction to the Tour de France 2007, the Beijing Olympic Summer Games. Readers will surely be scanning the news that came from this meeting, in which WADA president John Fahey, elected last November in Madrid, was presenting his viewpoints after the two months of introductions and travelling, from his home in Australia, to meet with WADA staff, the International Olympic Committee, major Signatories and others.

(WADAwatch photo:
Director General Howman, President John Fahey)

A sneak preview was offered of the Athletic Passport software system, developed in Lausanne by the Swiss Lab LAP. More to come on this pilot project, developed for a partnership between ASO, owners of the Tour de France (and l'Equipe), the UCI cycling Federation, and the French Ministère de la Santé, Sport et de la Jeunesse.

(WADAwatch photo:
new AP: Athletic Passport software)

Scanning the news today, the strongest story yet to emerge is a reaction to comments made concerning the 'Humanplasma' case in Austria, which can be found here. The president of Humanplasma appears to be outraged by several comments by WADA Director-General David Howman (grammar corrected by WADAwatch):

The head of a Viennese blood bank on Wednesday slammed the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for naming it as the company at the centre of an anti-doping probe. WADA general director David Howman referred to the Humanplasma blood bank by name when he revealed at a symposium in Lausanne earlier in the day that his organization had submitted more information to the Austrian authorities investigating claims that a Viennese laboratory was involved in the doping of athletes.

Elsewhere, the San Francisco Chronicle discusses the announcement by WADA of its test for HGH... the International Herald Tribune reports more in-depth...

And much more to come on this symposium, including John's reaction to our first WADAwatch press conference question, will be published in an in-depth reaction tomorrow.

The opinions expressed by WADAwatch are strictly formed with the purpose of inciting WADA to adhere to its Fundamental Rationale, achieve its goals and fulfil the aspirations of its Signatories, in achieving the highest possible level of objective, neutral science in sport-doping control.

Thanking WADA

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