BEIJING, May 20 (Xinhua) -- The World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) Executive Committee (ExCo) and Foundation Board (Board) held meetings in Cairo, Egypt on Wednesday and Thursday, discussing issues including governance reform, the budget and the COVID-19.
WADA president Witold Banka announced that he will run for a second term in his position as the chief of the organization, and vice president Yang Yang also expressed her intention to seek the next term. The election will be held in November at a board meeting in Montreal, Canada.
WADA decided to establish a 20-member Athlete Council composed of three groups: five athletes appointed by the International Olympic Committee's and International Paralympic Committee's Athlete Commissions, eight athletes elected by the Athlete Commissions of International Federations, and seven athletes selected by an appointment panel made up by a majority of athletes. The Board also approved the membership of the new nine-member WADA Independent Ethics Board (IEB).
According to the statement, annual increases in WADA's budget of 8%, 6%, and 6% were agreed upon for the three years from 2023 to 2025, respectively. In addition, the Board approved the 2021 year-end accounts, which will be published in WADA's 2021 Annual Report in the coming weeks.
WADA also updated the data and overview of the COVID-19's impact on the global anti-doping system at the meeting.
The ExCo will hold its next conference on September 23 in Sydney, following WADA's 2022 Global Education Conference, which will also be held in Sydney. And the next meeting of the ExCo and Board will be held in Montreal in November.