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  • WADA INDEPENDENT OBSERVER AND ATHLETE OUTREACH PROGRAMS IN ACTION AT LIMA 2019 GAMES


    07/31/19

    MEDIA RELEASE
    WADA INDEPENDENT OBSERVER AND ATHLETE OUTREACH PROGRAMS IN ACTION AT LIMA 2019 GAMES
    Montreal, 30 July 2019 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to outline its Independent Observer (IO) and Athlete Outreach (AO) programs at the Lima 2019 Pan American (Pan Am) Games, which run from 26 July to 11 August; and, the Parapan American (Parapan Am) Games, to be held from 23 August to 1 September 2019.

    The IO and AO teams (listed below) will be active throughout the Pan Am Games and, respectively, are providing real-time expert advice to organizers on all matters relating to the doping control program in place, and giving athletes and their supporting teams the opportunity to learn more about anti-doping and how the anti-doping community works to protect clean sport. The AO Team will also be staying on throughout the Parapan Am Games in order to conduct their activities with para-athletes and their support teams as well.

    WADA Director General Olivier Niggli said: “The Pan American Games are an important event on the sporting calendar with almost 7,000 athletes from 41 American countries competing in 39 sports. In the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, it is especially important for our experienced team of observers to be present as many of the Pan Am events are qualifiers for the Olympic Games.

    “In addition to our IO team, a dynamic WADA Athlete Outreach team is also on hand to provide an opportunity for all competitors to engage with anti-doping in an informal and fun environment. Raising anti-doping awareness with the world’s competing athletes and their support personnel, reminding them of clean sport values and asking them to reflect on all the reasons why they choose to play true is a critical task for the anti-doping community, and I wish to thank Pan Am Sports and the Games’ organizing committee for partnering with WADA on such an important occasion.”

    WADA’s IO team, which is composed of international experts in anti-doping, is intended to instill confidence in athletes and other stakeholders as to the quality, effectiveness and reliability of anti-doping programs being carried out at major events around the world.

    The IO team is observing all aspects of the Pan Am Games’ anti-doping program, including:

    Test distribution planning
    Selection of competitors for testing
    Notification of doping control
    Sample collection procedures
    Therapeutic Use Exemption procedures
    Results management
    The team is providing daily feedback to Pan Am Sports as well as the Lima 2019 Organizing Committee. The team will then issue a post-event report that will include a series of observations and recommendations designed to enhance anti-doping activities at future Pan Am Games.

    WADA’s AO team, which is staffed by anti-doping experts from across the Americas, is active in the athletes’ village during the Pan Am Games and will be active during the Parapan Am Games as well. The aim of the team is to build awareness among athletes, support personnel and others as to the dangers and consequences of doping and as it relates to athletes’ rights and responsibilities under the World Anti-Doping Code.

    Visitors to the AO booth are encouraged to complete the Play True Quiz, which is now available in 43 languages, to sign a pledge explaining why they Play True, and to share their experience on social media using the hashtag #PlayTrue.

    Beyond WADA’s IO and AO activities during the Lima 2019 Games, in connection with the mandate of WADA’s Prevalence Working Group, WADA and Pan Am Sports have an agreement to carry out a pilot study during the Games. Specifically, the study seeks to validate a survey method among athletes during the Games with the objective of developing a tool or set of tools to estimate the prevalence of doping in sports and countries; and, to enable measurement of the impact of anti-doping policies and actions on the prevalence of doping over time.

    THE IO AND AO TEAM MEMBERS

    The IO Team – Pan Am Games
    Ilaria Baudo (Chair), WADA
    Juan Manuel Lauria (Team Manager), WADA
    Saul Salcedo, National Anti-Doping Organization of Panama
    Andrés Gonzalez, National Anti-Doping Organization of Chile
    The AO Team – Pan Am Games
    Stacy Spletzer-Jegen (Team Manager), WADA
    Edna Serra, WADA
    Phase 1:
    Patricia Esposito, National Anti-Doping Organization of Guatemala
    Patrick Werleman, National Olympic Committee of Aruba
    Carolina Joly, IOC Youth Change Maker, National Olympic Committee of Panama
    Phase 2:
    Jorge Laurence, National Anti-Doping Organization of Argentina
    Paulina de la Loza, National Anti-Doping Organization of Mexico
    Christopher Thompson, Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission
    The AO Team – Parapan Am Games
    Edna Serra (Team Manager), WADA
    Elizabeth Gimenez, National Anti-Doping Organization of Paraguay
    Cathlyn Pistolas, United States Anti-Doping Agency
    Adriana Taboza, National Anti-Doping Organization of Brazil
    – ENDS –

    James Fitzgerald
    Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications
    Phone: + 1-514-904-8225
    E-mail: media@wada-ama.org

    Maggie Durand
    Manager, Media Relations and Communications
    Phone: + 1-514-904-8225
    E-mail: media@wada-ama.org
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    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the international independent organization created in 1999 to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its forms. The Agency is composed and funded equally by the sports movement and governments of the world. Its key activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capacities and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code - the document harmonizing regulations regarding anti-doping in all sports and all countries.

    COMMUNIQUÉ
    LES PROGRAMMES DES OBSERVATEURS INDÉPENDANTS ET DE SENSIBILISATION DES SPORTIFS DE L’AMA EN ACTION AUX JEUX DE LIMA 2019
    Montréal, le 30 juillet 2019 – La version française de cette nouvelle sera disponible sur le site Web de l'AMA sous peu.
    – FIN –


    James Fitzgerald
    Responsable principal, Relations médias et communication
    Tél. : +1-514-904-8225
    E-mail : media@wada-ama.org

    Maggie Durand
    Responsable, Relations médias et communication
    Tél. : +1-514-904-8225
    E-mail : media@wada-ama.org


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