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10/10/2007 - 10.05

WAKO to attend the WADA World Conference on Doping in Sport

WAKO represented by Board of Directors member and Director Of Anti Doping, Roy Baker will be attending the WADA  World Conference on Doping in Sport in Madrid on 15 – 17th November.
WAKO takes a very responsible approach to doping in sport and are determined to ensure that the sport of kickboxing continues to lead in the world of martial Arts in the implementation and adherence to the WADA Code, within its sport internationally and nationally.

Conference Opening

The conference will be opened officially by:

·         President of the Spanish Government, Mr José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero;

·         Secretary of State, President of the High Council for Sport, Mr Jaime Lissavetzky Díez;

·         IOC President, Dr Jacques Rogge;

·         UNESCO Director-General, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura; and

·         WADA President, Mr Richard W. Pound, QC.  


In addition to the key note speakers who will address the Conference at the Opening Ceremony on 15 November, the following speakers will present to the Conference participants (as at 4 October):

  • Sir Craig Reedie, IOC member, WADA Executive Committee member, Chair of WADA Finance Committee (United Kingdom)

  • Helena Guergis, Secretary of State, Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Sport), Chair of WADA Education Committee (Canada)

  • Vyacheslav Fetisov, Chairman of the State Committee for Physical Culture and Sport, Chair of WADA Athlete Committee (Russian Federation) 

  • Prof Arne Ljungqvist, IOC member, President of the IOC Medical Commission, WADA Executive Committee member, Chair of WADA Health, Medical & Research Committee and WADA Prohibited List Sub-Committee (Sweden)

  • Prof David Gerrard, Chair of Drug Free Sport New Zealand, Chair of WADA TUE Sub-Committee (New Zealand)

  • Prof Luis Horta, Director of the Sports Institute of Portugal, Chair of WADA Laboratory Sub-Committee (Portugal)

  • David Howman, WADA Director General (New Zealand)

  • Richard R. Young, Managing Partner, Holmes Roberts & Owen LLP (Colorado Springs), member of WADA Code Project Team (USA)

  • Francois Carrard, Senior Partner, Carrard & Partners Law Firm, Former IOC Director General, Chair of WADA Legal Working Group and of the Conference Resolution Drafting Committee (Switzerland)  

Conference Closing

The conference will be closed officially by:

·         Secretary of State, President of the High Council for Sport, Mr Jaime Lissavetzky Díez; and

·         WADA President, Mr Richard W. Pound, QC.  

Aims and Objetives

The work of the Conference will be centred on the World Anti-Doping Code review process. The Conference will enable the international sports movement and governments worldwide to discuss the proposed changes to the Code and its related standards. The objective will be to achieve commitment by WADA stakeholders to the adoption of the revised version.

The Conference will also provide the opportunity for WADA to inform the anti-doping world of its activities and achievements since its inception, as well as the opportunity to present the way forward in the future of anti-doping.