The agreement to hold the World Conference on Doping in Sport in Katowice has been signed!
It’s already confirmed: in 2019, Katowice will become the global centre of the fight against doping in sport
On 15 November in Seoul, Poland signed the agreement to host the World Conference on Doping in Sport. On behalf of our country the document was signed by Minister of Sport and Tourism Witold Bańka who took part in the WADA Executive Committee meeting in South Korea’s capital city.
The decision to award the event to Katowice was taken in May this year. It will be the fifth edition of the conference which is currently held every 6 years. The previous editions took place in Lausanne, Copenhagen, Madrid and Johannesburg. Minister Bańka was the initiator of the idea to hold the event in Poland.
This is a highly important event for Poland and for the entire sports community. During the conference, key decisions will be made determining the global strategy of the fight against doping, emphasized minister Bańka.
The World Conference on Doping in Sport is organized by WADA. The event will be attended by about 2,000 representatives of all groups involved in the fight against doping in sport from the entire globe. During the Conference in Katowice, new officers of WADA will be appointed and changes in the World Anti-Doping Code will be approved. WADA’ new International Standard for Education and Information will also be adopted.
Minister Witold Bańka represents the 47 member states of the Council of Europe in the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency. On 13-16 November in Seoul, the head of the Polish sport and tourism sector took part in the Committee’s meeting and in a coordination meeting of Public Authorities’ representatives within WADA. The main subjects discussed in South Korea included:
- situation of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency,
- amendments to the World Anti-Doping Code,
- WADA’s budget for the next years,
- the International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS).
WADA is the main organization dedicated to the fight against doping in sport. It is responsible for setting standards of combating the use of prohibited substances and methods in sport, and monitoring compliance with them. The Agency’s flagship project is the World Anti-Doping Code and accompanying lower-level documents - international standards which, taken together, serve to harmonize activities undertaken to combat doping.