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No Time to Rest on our Laurels, Cautions WADA President at WADA Media Symposium

Lausanne, January 19, 2010 – On the occasion of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) fifth Media Symposium, held at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, WADA’s President John Fahey urged all parties involved in the fight against doping in sport to further intensify their efforts toward clean sport and not to succumb to complacency despite significant progress in the past decade.”
“The problem of doping has not disappeared with WADA,” said Mr Fahey. “To rest on our laurels at this time would be a huge mistake.”

In his “State of Anti-Doping” speech, WADA’s President expressed confidence that the evolution of the global fight against doping will bring further advances. “During the past 12 months, the global fight against doping in sport has continued to advance significantly under WADA’s leadership and guidance,” he said. “As WADA celebrated its tenth anniversary, 2009 reflected the positive impact of some of the innovations fostered by the Agency and showed a clear sign of the evolution of the fight against doping in sport.”

“Today,” he concluded, “athletes who play fair in sport can have increasing confidence that major progress is being made in the fight against doping and that the net is closing around the cheaters. WADA will continue to work relentlessly to further close the net and meet the challenges in the years to come.”