The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced today that more than 14,000 copies of the World Anti-Doping Code have been downloaded from its website since the final version of the Code was posted five days ago.
The document will be presented for acceptance at the upcoming World Conference on Doping in Sport March 3-5 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
"These numbers reflect the tremendous interest in the Code and in finding a solution to the problem of doping in sport," said Richard W. Pound, WADA's president. "It is clear that there will be much attention focused on what will happen at next week's conference. This interest makes it all the more imperative for sports organizations and governments to accept the Code and to implement it as quickly as possible."
Nearly 1,000 delegates, observers, and media are expected to attend the conference in Copenhagen. During the conference, WADA's Foundation Board will meet and formally adopt the Code. A resolution accepting the Code as the basis for the fight against doping in sport will then be presented to the conference delegates for adoption. Governments and sports organizations will be responsible for adopting and implementing the Code prior to the Summer Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.
Those interested in registering for the conference can still do so at WADA's website at the address below. The highlights of the conference, including the main sessions, the WADA Foundation Board meeting and the final press conference will also be broadcast live on WADA's website. A schedule of the webcasts can be found on the website.