POSTED: March 30th 2012

Madrid 2020: Spain reaffirms anti-doping commitment to WADA

The Spanish government and the SOC drove home their unity in the fight against drugs in sport to WADA chief, David Howman / Madrid 2020
The Spanish government and the SOC drove home their unity in the fight against drugs in sport to WADA chief, David Howman / Madrid 2020

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: At a high level meeting in the Spanish capital Alejandro Blanco, head of the Spanish Olympic Committee (SOC) and Madrid 2020 together with the Secretary of State for Sports, Miguel Cardenal, reiterated to David Howman, the general director of the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA), the country’s commitment for drug free sport. International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and head of the International Triathlon Federation, Marisol Casado, was also present at the meeting.  

Cardenal said, “The Spanish Government has always been committed to the fight against doping.

“We must only pay attention to the appearance of new elements that could lead to an improvement in this field; therefore our engagement is that of improving our institutions, rules and work methods.”

Blanco added, “This joint meeting represents Spain’s solid unity not only in the fight against doping, but also in the relations between the Council and the Olympic Committee.

“This is the first time the WADA holds a meeting with the two highest representatives of both institutions at the same time. This has an important meaning for all of us.”

“Every step taken to improve Spain’s image abroad on what we are doing to fight doping is always positive. People must understand that Spain is putting a great deal of effort into fighting against doping.”

 Following the meetings at the SOC and the Ministry of Sports , the group also paid a visit to the Anti-doping Laboratory in Madrid together with two other high ranking WADA officials, Julien Sieveking, Senior Manager of Legal Affairs, and Emiliano Simonelli, Senior Manager of Code Compliance.

Madrid is in the bid race to host the 2020 summer Olympics with Baku, Doha, Istanbul, and Tokyo. The IOC will make its final decision of the city on September 7, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Keywords · Madrid 2020 · David Howman · Alejandro Blanco · Miguel Cardenal · Marisol Casado

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