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WADA executive panel, board to convene in Seoul

2017/11/13 16:57

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SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Yonhap) -- The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will hold its executive committee and board meetings this week in Seoul to discuss various drug-related issues in sports, officials here said Monday.

The 12-member executive committee, WADA's policy-making panel, will hold a meeting at the Westin Chosun hotel in Seoul on Wednesday, while the 38-member foundation board, WADA's supreme decision-making body, will convene on Thursday.

This is the first time for South Korea to host WADA's two important meetings. South Korea, one of the Asian representatives on WADA's foundation board, won the bid in 2015 to host the meetings.

South Korea, represented by vice minister Roh Tae-kang, will explain its doping control systems for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics at the meetings, the government officials said.

WADA, led by IOC Vice President Craig Reedie, will check on its various projects related with world anti-doping code and will approve the 2018 budget plans. The WADA executives will also touch on Russia's doping scandal that has been growing over the past two years with allegations that there was a state-sponsored doping program for Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Games.

It was reported that WADA will review new evidence related to the Russian doping case at its meetings in Seoul. The findings from WADA will likely influence the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that is mulling over taking full measures against Russia for doping violations, which could risk the European nation's participation in the PyeongChang Games.

In this photo by taken by EPA, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Craig Reedie speaks during the 2017 WADA annual symposium in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 13, 2017. (Yonhap) In this photo by taken by EPA, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Craig Reedie speaks during the 2017 WADA annual symposium in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 13, 2017. (Yonhap)

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