The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced that its Foundation Board has selected Madrid, Spain to host the Third World Conference on Doping in Sport.
WADA Chairman Richard Pound said Monday the Third World Conference, to be held in November of 2007, will examine how far the fight against doping has gone and will lay out the steps needed to continue the battle.
Pound says WADA is looking forward to working with the city of Madrid to prepare for the event. Bangkok, Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia also submitted bids to host the conference.
The First World Conference was held in Lausanne, Switzerland in February of 1999. It originated the idea of an independent international agency to fight doping, which led to the birth of WADA in November of that year.
The Second World Conference was held in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2003. It unanimously approved the final draft of the Code, which harmonizes anti-doping rules in all sports around the world.