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  • Madrid Wins 2007 Anti-Doping Congress


    <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/plazacibellas_article.JPG"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B>Madrid's Plaza Cibellas.</B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>(ATR) Madrid will host the 2007 World Conference on Doping in Sport, edging Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur in the decision taken Monday by the WADA Foundation Board of Directors.<BR><BR>The conference is the third to be held since 1999. The first meeting established the World Anti-Doping Agency, the second in 2003 brought the adoption of the World Anti-Doping Code. <BR><BR>In 2007 "we'll have a look at our experience with the new anti-doping code," says WADA President Richard Pound, "and see what progress needs to be made from there."<BR><BR>The 2007 meeting, to be scheduled in November, will draw in excess of 2,000 delegates. WADA had asked potential bidders to be prepared to seat upwards of 3,000 people. The 2003 conference in Copenhagen drew about 1,000 participants from 90 nations. <BR><BR>In other developments from the WADA board meeting in Montreal, Brian Mikkelsen, Denmark Minister for Sport, was elected vice-chair to serve through the end of 2006.<BR><BR>Korea will retire its seat on the board and will be replaced by Jordan as the Asia representative. Finland will also join the Foundation Board.<BR><BR>Pound says the WADA board reacted with surprise and "considerable disappointment" when it learned that FIFA has submitted its own intervention to the Court of Arbitration for Sport regar <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>ding the impasse over the federation's anti-doping rules. <BR><BR>Last week Pound said that WADA had submitted a list of questions to CAS seeking to resolve the issue of whether FIFA rules complied with those of WADA.<BR><BR>Pound says that while WADA has shared information on the issue with FIFA, "they refuse to share with WADA any information whatsoever about this submission," news of which came indirectly to WADA, not via the football federation.<BR><BR>"It is an unfortunate course of conduct for FIFA," says Pound.<BR><BR><B>Due to a holiday in the U.S., there will be no weekly issue of Around the Rings on Nov. 25. The weekly returns on Dec. 2. </B>