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    <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/Pound_article.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>(ATR) The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency says it will not pressure Italy to modify the nation's anti-doping law for the 2006 Winter Games. Speaking via teleconference from Montreal, WADA President Richard Pound said changes to the law were the concern of the IOC. <BR><BR>Pound, holding his customary press conference prior to a meeting of the WADA Foundation Board, said that the role of WADA is to act as an independent observer to the Games.<BR><BR>"All we care about is whether or not the world anti-doping code will be applied during the games and our role as independent observers will be to say yes or no," Pound told reporters.<BR><BR>The IOC had hoped to convince Italy to suspend or modify aspects of the Italian law that treats sports doping as a criminal offense. That seems unlikely to happen given sharp opposition in the Italian Senate.<BR><BR>The WADA Foundation Board meets Nov. 21, its final meeting of the year, preceded in the Nov. 20 by the Executive Committee.<BR><BR>In other points from Pound's teleconference:<BR><BR>*A request to the Court of Arbitration for Sport has been filed this week to seek a resolution to questions over whether FIFA is in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.<BR><BR>*Pound said good bids have been submitted from the three cities seeking to host the 2007 World Conference on Doping in Sport. Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Madrid are in line for the hosting. The conference is the third since 1999, with Pound calling the cycle "a good rhythm". A decision will come from the Foundation Boar <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/logo_internal.gif"></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>d next Monday.<BR><BR>*Saluted the prosecution in the U.S. of the scientist involved with the creation of designer steroids involved with the BALCO case. <BR><BR>*The WADA budget for 2006, up for approval, calls for a 3% increase to $23.8 million.<BR><BR>*Contributions from world governments are "something north of 78%," Pound says, with 95% expected by the end of the year.<BR><BR>*Brian Mikkelsen, the Minister of Sport of Denmark, appears likely to be elected to a full term as vice chairman after an initial one year in the post.<BR><BR>*"I'm not sure it's doping, but it is tacky," was Pound's comment on whether the use of simulated high-altitude training is of interest to WADA.<BR><BR><B>Your best source of news about the Olympics is, for subscribers only. </B>