The World Anti-Doping Agency announced today that it has received just over three-fourths of its budget in contributions from world governments and the Olympic Movement for 2003.
As of January 6, the Agency had received US$14,553,948 out of a budgeted amount of $20,235,000.
The latest countries to fulfill their financial contributions to WADA include the United States, which has paid $795,280. The U.S. paid its 2003 dues despite the fact that it has been operating under a continuing resolution. Other countries that have recently paid their dues for last year include Romania, San Marino and Morocco.
"Although we have fallen short of receiving 100 percent of the payments owed to WADA, it is very encouraging to see countries making the effort to pay before the end of the calendar year,"
said David HOWMAN, WADA's director general. "I am hopeful that those countries that have yet to pay for 2003 will do so shortly and fulfill their financial commitment to WADA and the fight against doping in sport."
In addition, one week into the new year, WADA has received almost 10 percent of its budget for 2004, including full contributions from the Oceania region and the United Kingdom. The Agency has received to date $1,085,083 in funds. At its meeting in November 2003, WADA's Foundation Board decided that beginning in 2004, stakeholders will have until June 30 to pay their yearly dues to WADA. Also beginning this year, any government that has not paid its dues would be considered for sanctions, which will include removal of the country's representatives from the Foundation Board and the Executive Committee.
"We are very pleased at the positive movement by governments to make their payments early in 2004, which is a big year for WADA,"
Howman said. "With the implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code, this will be a crucial year and we must have the necessary resources to carry out the activities we have promised to undertake."
The International Olympic Committee is expected next week to advance WADA $3.7 million on behalf of the Olympic Movement, which will need to be matched by government contributions before any further payments from the sports movement are made.
More information on WADA's budget and the countries that have paid their dues in 2002 - 2004 can be found on WADA's website at the address below.