Muscat competes with two cities to host 2019 WADA’s world conference

Muscat competes with two cities to host 2019 WADA’s world conference
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Published December 20th, 2016 - 16:34 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Muscat is one of three cities in race to host the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) prestigious World Conference on Doping in Sport in 2019.

The other two cities that have bid to host the conference are Katowice in Poland and Geneva in Switzerland.

Muscat is one of three cities in race to host the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) prestigious World Conference on Doping in Sport in 2019. The other two cities that have bid to host the conference are Katowice in Poland and Geneva in Switzerland.

The bids will be studied by the WADA working groups before the decision is taken in May next year.

WADA has confirmed that it has received expressions of interest from three cities to host the next World Conference on Doping in Sport, due to take place in November 2019 subject to the progress of three working groups. Muscat, Katowice and Geneva submitted before the deadline of November 25, 2016.

According to sources in Oman, the possible venue for the conference will be the newly-built Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.

WADA will now evaluate the submissions, including 'possible site visits', before the host city is determined by a vote at its Foundation Board meeting on May 12, 2017 in Montreal, Canada.

'WADA is delighted to have received such a strong level of interest from three outstanding cities forhat promises to be a crucial World Conference on Doping in Sport,' said WADA president, Sir Craig Reedie.

'The World Conference will represent the culmination of active stakeholder consultation that is already underway concerning WADA's path forward as it relates to compliance, governance and other matters of importance to clean sport. We look forward to appointing the host city during our May 2017 Foundation Board meeting.'

The date of the next World Conference on Doping in Sport is subject to the progress of three new working groups.

These groups, established at the last WADA Foundation Board meeting in Glasgow on November 20, are reviewing the agency's governance structure and lab accreditation process and evaluating the establishment of an Independent Testing Authority.

The World Conference on Doping in Sport is set to be the fifth event of its kind, following similar events in Lausanne (Switzerland) in February 1999, Copenhagen (Denmark) in March 2003, Madrid (Spain) in November 2007 and Johannesburg (South Africa) in November 2013.

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