Volume: 11 Issue: 9
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will discuss whether to focus its budget on Code compliance and testing, rather than on athlete education, at the World Conference on Doping in Sport, November 12-15. The suggestion was made in a May 2012 report to the WADA Executive Committee entitled ‘Lack of Effectiveness of Testing Programs’.
“The report was discussed at the recent Executive Committee meeting”, said a WADA spokesperson, referring to the September Executive Committee meeting in Buenos Aires. “An Executive Summary of stakeholder responses to the Report will be presented at November’s Foundation Board meeting in Johannesburg”. The Foundation Board is scheduled to meet prior to the World Conference on Doping in Sport and after its conclusion.
WADA is under pressure to cut back on activities, as it has not been able to increase its budget since 2011. ‘The biggest constraint ahead for WADA is limited funding’, wrote WADA President John Fahey in WADA’s 2012 annual report. ‘For the second consecutive year, WADA’s Foundation Board voted to keep the 2013 budget frozen at approximately US$28 million, the same level of funding received in 2011, because governments did not agree to provide any additional funding for WADA. While I appreciate that economies across the world continue to struggle, this freeze is not ideal for the fight against doping in sport. WADA has dipped into its reserves over the last two years to cover shortfalls for its operating costs, but if funding continues to remain the same, the Agency will be forced to cut back its activities.’