— Published 19 January 2023

More seats around the table

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has unveiled the composition of the two pillars of its edifice, the Foundation Board and the Executive Committee, as of 1 January 2023. What is new is that members of both bodies, apart from the President (Witold Banka) and the Vice-President (Yang Yang), will no longer be able to sit on both boards. In addition, the number of members has increased, with two more seats on the Executive Committee (16 compared to 14 in 2022) and four more places on the Foundation Board, WADA’s highest decision-making body (42 compared to 38). Note the presence on the Foundation Board of two of the four French members of the IOC, David Lappartient and Jean-Christophe Rolland, respectively President of the UCI and World Rowing, who are present with Petra Sörling (ITTF) from Sweden as representatives of the ASOIF (Association of International Summer Olympic Sports Federations) The IOC, for its part, remains massively represented, with four members, including three Africans (Dagmawit Girmay Berhane, Filomena Maria Spencer, Lydia Nsekera and Joyleen Baklai Temengil), plus four representatives of its Athletes’ Commission. Also of note, but this time on the Executive Committee, is the entry of the Japanese Koji Murofushi, former sports director of Tokyo 2020 and current commissioner of the Japanese Sports Agency, and the presence of Roxana Maracineanu, the former French Minister of Sport, as a representative of Europe.