Pole to begin mission as head of World Anti-Doping Agency

A congress of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will take place in Katowice, southern Poland, during which the election of Witold Bańka, the outgoing Polish Sport and Tourism Minister, for the position of the head of WADA is expected to be confirmed.

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“Representatives from the sport movement, public authorities and anti-doping organisations; along with, athletes, their entourage, the media and other anti-doping experts will converge in Katowice to take stock of the evolution of Clean Sport and engage in a high-level discussion and debate about the global anti-doping program, its practices and processes,” WADA announced in a press release.

Mr Bańka’s term as the chairman of the Agency will begin on January 1, 2020. He will succeed sir Craig Reedie, who has presided WADA since 2014.

The Polish minister was elected the head of the Agency in May.

The three-day event in Katowice will be attended by more than 1,700 participants, including Thomas Bach, the head of the International Olympic Committee. The inauguration speech will be given by Polish president Andrzej Duda.

WADA was established in 1999 as an independent foundation under the supervision of the International Olympic Committee. Its aim is to fight illegal support of the athletes, by creating and settling rules of the anti-doping procedures. Moreover, WADA publishes lists of the illegal substances and issues accreditations for the national anti-doping laboratories.