The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is launching its Latin American regional office in Montevideo, Uruguay, on November 24, 2005.
"Establishing a stronger presence in Latin America is a significant step in the global fight against doping in sport," said David Howman, WADA director general. "It’s an important region that is willing to do even more to rid sport of doping. We will now be able to work more closely with our government and sport stakeholders there to develop and disseminate effective education about the dangers and consequences of doping in sport, and to facilitate implementation and compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code."
The official launch is being celebrated during the meeting of ministers of the MERCOSUR (Mercado Comun del Sur), involving the participation of ten South American countries. "This is a perfect opportunity to officially launch WADA’s presence in Latin America," continued Howman. "It reflects the commitment of both WADA and the region to work together to stem the scourge of doping in sport, address concerns of athlete health, and level the playing field for athletes worldwide."
The Latin American office, to be housed in the World Trade Center in Montevideo, will physically open in early 2006. It is WADA’s fourth regional office, joining those serving Europe (Lausanne, Switzerland), Asia/Oceania (Tokyo, Japan), and Africa (Cape Town, South Africa).