The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has elected Sir Craig Reedie as it next President. At a meeting of its Foundation Board at the World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg, South Africa earlier today, WADA confirmed that Reedie would become the third President of WADA since the organization was formed in 1999, taking over from Australian John Fahey who began his term almost six years ago.
Reedie is a member of WADA’s Executive Committee and Foundation Board, and has also served as Chair of the Organization’s Finance and Administration Committee since 1999. He will begin his term by replacing John Fahey from January 1, 2014. The 72-year-old Scot, a former Chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA) and current Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was elected by the IOC in September as the sporting movement’s preferred candidate for WADA President.
“It is an honour to be asked to lead this international organization, and a challenge that I look forward to,” said Reedie.
“Much has happened over the course of the past 14 years since WADA was formed. I look forward to using the experience I have gained throughout my time in sport, and that gained during my time as the Chair of WADA’s Finance and Administration Committee, to continue to take WADA, and the anti-doping movement, forward. All my efforts have been – and will be – to defend the rights of clean athletes.”
Alongside the appointment of Reedie, WADA also announced the election of H.E. Mr. M.A. Stofile as the organization’s next Vice President. Stofile will also begin his term on January 1, 2014. The 68-year-old South African, who served on WADA’s Executive Committee and Foundation Board from 2004 – 2010, replaces Arne Ljungqvist who has served as WADA’s Vice President since 2008.
“I am delighted to have been chosen as the next Vice President of WADA”, said Stofile. “I have long been an advocate of anti-doping and clean sport, and having served on WADA’s Executive Committee and Foundation Board for six years, I have been fortunate to have seen both the organization and the movement evolve.
“I look forward to this opportunity of helping WADA to continue the fight against doping in sport in the years to come.”