IPC Anti-Doping Programme Progresses in Montreal

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Medical and Scientific Director Dr. Peter Van de Vliet was recently in Montreal, Canada, at the headquarters of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to discuss compliance to the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) by IPC Membership, which includes members of National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Paralympic Sport Federations (IPSFs). 25 Mar 2009 By IPC

The visit also saw co-ordination of out-of-competition testing plans, and planning for various Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games related activities. This included whereabouts information collection, the WADA Independent Observer Team and the WADA Outreach Programme.

The IPC was also invited in Montreal to provide particular expertise for several WADA educational programmes like the “Sport Physician Toolkit” and the “Doping Control Officer Training Toolkit”. Joint development with the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee (VANOC) was also discussed relating to technical guidelines for Doping Control Officers, and familiarization with changes and awareness on Paralympic athletes.

WADA Testing Co-ordinator for the IPC Stuart Kemp, said that it was both timely and helpful to discuss matters of mutual interest and concern related to the fight against doping with the IPC in Montreal.

“As the Vancouver Games draw near it is particularly important to keep in close contact with the IPC to ensure a co-ordinated anti-doping effort related to testing, education and awareness and this meeting provided a good foundation for this co-operation. WADA continues to support the IPC’s anti-doping activities and will be working closely with the IPC as well as VANOC and other International partners in order to ensure that all measures are taken to combat doping in Paralympic Sport both in Vancouver and beyond,” Kemp said.

Dr. Van de Vliet visited the WADA laboratory in Canada, Montreal’s Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), where operations and protocols were reviewed. The Montreal lab will have a fully operational and accredited laboratory displayed under its operations in Vancouver at the Richmond Oval during the Games.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the international independent organization created in 1999 to promote, co-ordinate, and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its forms.

Composed and funded equally by the sports movement and governments of the world, WADA co-ordinated the development and implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), the document harmonizing anti-doping policies in all sports and all countries.

For more information about WADA, please visit www.wada-ama.org.