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  • WADA Update: Banned List, Successor for Pound


    09/15/06

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=right border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/OldStories/logo_wada.jpeg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B></B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>(ATR) A new list of banned substances for athletes will be on the agenda for the Sept. 16 meeting of the World Anti-Doping Agency Executive Committee in Montreal. The committee may also begin talk about a successor to chairman Richard Pound.<BR><BR>Speaking in a teleconference ahead of the WADA meeting Pound says the new list should only involve some "tweaking", without major additions or deletions. <BR><BR>Calling the list "one of the cornerstones in our fight against doping in sport," Pound says 40 comments were received on the new list, which will go into effect on January 1, 2007.<BR><BR>Pound said the WADA committee is also expected to continue discussions on the use of hypoxic chambers that simulate high-altitude conditions and the increase of red blood cells. <BR><BR>Pound did not indicate whether the executive committee would take steps to declare the practice out of bounds. <BR><BR><B>Code Revisions, UNESCO Convention</B><BR><BR>Pound says the WADA leadership will begin discussions on possible revisions the World Anti-Doping Code, which has now been in effect for about three years. He says consultation with all stakeholders will take place with a comment period to follow a draft. Changes would be presented at the World Anti Doping Conference in Madrid, November 2007. <BR><BR>Pound says he remains "concerned" with the slow pace at which the UNESCO convention on anti-doping is being adopted by nations around the world. So far only 17 national governments have adopted the convention out of 186 that agreed to do so last year. <BR><BR>"We are a little worried about the message that is being sent," says Pound, although he says the code is clearly being implemented and enforced, regardless. He says the doping investigation in Spain involving the world's top cyclists is underway even though the Spanish Parliament has yet to adopt the UNESCO convention. <BR><BR><B>A Successor for Pound</B><BR><BR>With his term as WADA president ending in just over one year, Pound expressed the hope that his successor will be identified by this November so that he or she can serve as a vice president in 2007.<BR><BR>Under the rules of WADA, the presidency will shift to a representative of the national governments for the next three-year term. <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=left border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/OldStories/PoundArticle.jpg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B>WADA President Richard Pound. (ATR)</B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><BR><BR>Pound, who has led WADA since its inception in 1999, says he is "not unhappy that someone else is taking my position", adding that it's "a good thing to have someone else in that place".<BR><BR><B>U.S. Doping Cases</B><BR><BR>In comments about recent doping cases, Pound expressed confidence in the way the U.S. Anti Doping Agency is handling matters involved with Tour de France winner Floyd Landis. He is awaiting a USADA hearing over a positive test that could disqualify him as the tour winner. <BR><BR>Pound says there will a follow-up with the laboratories that carried out the tests of sampled from U.S. sprinter Marion Jones. The initial lab test returned a positive, but the "B" sample analysis was negative. <BR><BR>"We're confident about the test," says Pound, but says it is standard procedure for WADA to investigate when the "A" and the "B" sample don't match. <BR><BR>Pound says the review is aimed at "trying to improve the test if there is a technical glitch and also understanding how the differences arose".<BR><BR><B>Your best source of news about the Olympics is www.aroundtherings.com, for subscribers only.</B><BR>