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S. Korea elected as Asian representative on world anti-doping body

2013/11/05 11:13

SEOUL, Nov. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has been elected as an Asian representative on the world's top anti-sports doping body, officials here said on Tuesday.

South Korea will return as a continental representative on the Foundation Board at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Ministry Culture, Sports and Tourism said in a statement.

South Korea previously served on the Foundation Board, the WADA's supreme decision-making body, from 1999 to 2006, according to the ministry.

Starting in 2014, South Korea will replace Malaysia as one of four Asian countries responsible for electing members to the Foundation Board and the Executive Committee, coordinating anti-doping efforts with international sports federations and revising the World Anti-Doping Code, among others.

Asia is allocated four spots on the Foundation Board, along with Africa and the Americas. Europe has five slots and Oceania has two.

China, Japan and Saudi Arabia are the other Asian countries on the Foundation Board.

Kim Chong, the second vice minister of culture, sports and tourism, will be the chief South Korean delegate on the board, the ministry said.

The ministry said as a member of the WADA's Foundation Board, South Korea will help promote anti-doping activities internationally.

"We will assist developing countries currently without national anti-doping agencies to establish such institutes," the ministry said. "We will also expand our support in doping control officers training and anti-doping education."

   Kim noted the increasing importance of governments' roles in eradicating doping in sports.

"In order for South Korea to take the next step in international sports, we must be able to lead global anti-doping activities," Kim said through the ministry's statement. "I think our return to the Foundation Board at WADA will be an important starting point."