Montreal, May 20, 2017 - The Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), a member of which is also the President of the Croatian Olympic Committee Zlatko Mateša, held a meeting on May 18, 2017 in the Canadian city of Montreal. Decisions have been made on a series of measures that will affect WADA's progress and sport without doping.

The Board discussed the elaboration of a concrete international sanctioning system for those signatories that are violating the provisions of the World Anti-Doping Code. The proposal should be agreed with all stakeholders and adopted by November 2017.

The Polish city of Katowice was selected to host the 5th World Conference on Doping in Sports.

During the meeting, it was emphasized that WADA closely cooperates with the Russian Anti-Doping Agency in order for the latter to meet all the provisions of the World Anti-Dumping Code as soon as possible and continue working. For that reason, the Board approved Russian doping controllers to conduct tests, but under the supervision of international experts.

A decision has been made to support the International Olympic Committee in appointing the Independent Testing Authority (ITA), whose task will be to help international sports federations wanting that wish to pass their anti-doping programs to an independent body.

The members of the Board also discussed the reports of two WADA's working groups. The working group for management has been established to ensure the independence of anti-doping system from the state sports bodies. The task of the second working group is to find a possible anti-doping laboratories accreditation system. These working groups will present their final proposals at the next meeting of the Foundation Board in November 2017. (hoo/msč)