Udøvere og antidopingorganisationer i fælles opråb for reformer af WADA

For første gang går udøverorganisationerne og de nationale antidopingorganisationer sammen i en fælles udtalelse om behovet for reformer af WADA.

11.11.2020

 

Udøvere er genstand for antidopingarbejdet internationalt, og de nationale antidopingorganisationer udfører størstedelen af antidopingarbejdet på verdensplan. Alligevel står de to kerneinteressenter uden betydelig indflydelse i WADA.

 

Derfor er udøverorganisationer og nationale antidopingorganisationer fra hele verden gået sammen i en fælles udtalelse, der opfordrer WADA til at sætte fart på reformer af organisationen:

 

”Nu taler vi med én fælles stemme for at løfte vores opråb om mere uafhængighed, gennemsigtighed og ansvarlighed i WADA. Og vi bekræfter igen behovet for at styrke menneskerettighederne samt at forhindre interessekonflikter i antidopingsystemet,” lyder det i den fælles udmelding.

 

Fra dansk side bakker Aktivkomitéen sammen med Anti Doping Danmark op om udmeldingen.

 

”Aktivkomitéen har flere gange påberåbt sig meningsfulde forandringer i WADA uden at blive hørt. Nu står vi sammen i en bred og stærk international gruppe bestående af WADA’s vigtigste interessenter – atleterne og de nationale antidopingorganisationer. Vores håb er, at vi ikke bare bliver hørt, men at ordene vækker genklang, så vi sammen kan forbedre WADA,” siger næstformand Casper Stenderup, Aktivkomitéen.

 

”Reformerne i WADA går for langsomt, og de vigtige kerneinteressenter, der er omdrejningspunktet for store dele af antidopingarbejdet, står stadig uden for indflydelse på WADA’s struktur og arbejde. Derfor er vi nødt til fortsat at gentage behovet for reformer – denne gang i fælles kor med udøverorganisationerne, der også føler sig sat på sidelinjen,” siger direktør Michael Ask, Anti Doping Danmark.

Athlete Groups and Anti-Doping-Leaders Join Forces to Call for further reforms of WADA


11 November 2020: Athlete representatives from 14 countries join forces with 14 leading National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) to collectively call on meaningful reform at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). As individual organizations, we have repeatedly submitted formal proposals for change. Now we speak collectively to elevate our call for more independence, transparency, and accountability at WADA. And we reaffirm the need to strengthen human rights and eliminate conflicts of interest in the anti-doping system.

 

WADA’s major stakeholders unite to call yet again for substantive change and meaningful reform at WADA. Athletes bear all of the anti-doping testing, and National Anti-Doping Organizations carry out a majority of it, yet neither are properly represented in WADA’s governance nor the review of it. While WADA says its priority is in engaging and empowering athletes, the Agency still does not give them the place they deserve.

 

We all will benefit from a stronger and more effective WADA that builds trust with athletes and effectively carries out its mission. WADA’s standing can only be improved through meaningful reforms that embrace both independent athlete representatives and NADOs as essential components of global anti-doping governance.
ENDS

 

This Media Statement is released by the following Athlete Groups and National Anti-Doping Leaders

Athlete Groups: Canada (AthletesCAN), Athletics Association, Austria, Australia (Sport Integrity Australia Athlete Advisory Group), Denmark (NOC Athlete Committee), France (AFLD Athlete Committee), Athleten Deutschland, Global Athlete, Ireland (NOC Athlete Committee), Netherlands (NOC Athlete Committee), Norway (NOC Athlete Committee), UK (British Athletes Commission), UK (UKAD Athletes Commission) and USA (United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee Athletes Advisory Council).


National Anti-Doping Organizations: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, UK and USA

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