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LAUSANNE /Switzerland/, March 13. /Spec. Q. TASS Artem Kuznetsov/. World anti-doping Agency (WADA) will hold its annual Symposium, the main topics this time will be to find solutions facing the organization challenges and increasing competition over the net doping from the sport. The Symposium will be attended by the Minister of sports of Russia Pavel Kolobkov.
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The annual WADA Symposium held in Lausanne, Switzerland. Opened in April 2014 Congress center, SwissTech will take as leaders of the organization, and representatives of international sports federations, heads of national and regional anti-doping agencies, employees of accredited anti-doping laboratories and existing athletes. For the first time the Symposium will be held with the participation of representatives of senior civil servants .
One of the main protagonists of the Symposium will be the head of the independent Commission WADA Richard McLaren, who was investigating the involvement of the Russian authorities to create in the country a certain system of support for doping athletes, who allegedly acted on the winter Olympic games 2014 in Sochi.
In Lausanne, the canadian Professor will speak on the topic “effects of independent investigations in Russia: what are the lessons learned by the anti-doping community?”. Already from the name it becomes clear that in his speech, McLaren will again insist that in Russia there was indeed a doping system, and, apparently, give a few tips on how to prevent the creation of her counterparts in other countries.
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The contents of the report Kolobkov kept secret, but it is clear that the Minister once again try to convince a sports community that the government was not involved in the covering up of athletes who used doping. In addition, one of the questions should be the restoration of the rights of the Russian anti-doping Agency (RUSADA), which last week received the updated composition of the Supervisory Board, Chairman of which became the double Olympic champion in pole vaulting Yelena Isinbayeva. Probably will be presented to the intermediate data of the investigation of the former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory of Gregory Rodchenkov, which acted as the main informant of the Commission of the McLaren.
The theme of the protection of whistle-blowers anonymously report allegations of the use by athletes of doping, by the way, will also become one of the key at the Symposium. My thoughts on this issue will share the Director of the Department of intelligence and research at WADA Gunther Younger.
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Structure of WADA
WADA was established in 1999 at the world conference on doping in sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, the activities of organizations regulated by the world anti-doping code, which came into force in January 2015. WADA is funded in the ratio of 50 to 50 percent by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the public authorities of the countries that approved anti-doping code – including Russia.
The Council of founders WADA includes more than 40 members, who are appointed for a period of three years and may be reelected unlimited number of times. 18 members are appointed by the IOC, at least four of them must be athletes. Another 18 members are appointed by intergovernmental organizations, governments and other public authorities involved in the fight against doping. The remaining four members may be appointed, if necessary, by the Board of founders, these nominations are to be made jointly by the IOC and governments.
Earlier in the Council of founders WADA included the former head of the Federal Agency for physical culture and sports of Russia Vyacheslav Fetisov, and also the current Minister of sports Pavel Kolobkov. Since December last year, Russia was not represented in the composition of working bodies and commissions of the Agency, because after a series of doping scandals RUSADA deemed to be contrary to the code of the organization.