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November 21, 2022

Banka and Yang re-elected to head up WADA through 2025

President Banka and vice president Yang have been in charge of the anti-doping organization since 2019.

By Euan Cunningham

The foundation board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has unanimously re-elected president Witold Banka for a final three-year term.

Vice president Yang Yang has also been re-elected.

The pair, who were first elected to head up the organization in November 2019, will begin their second and final terms on January 1, finishing at the end of 2025.

The unanimous re-elections were confirmed at a WADA foundation board meeting in Montreal, Canada, on Friday (November 18).

Banka said: “In line with my manifesto that I laid out before I was elected as WADA president in 2019, my term has been one of collaboration and progress – having delivered significant advancement together in areas such as athlete engagement, education, code compliance monitoring, intelligence and investigations, increased funding for anti-doping, capacity building and scientific research …

“While there has been much progress, there is still plenty more to accomplish together during our second term. The anti-doping system still needs to be strengthened and this will require the full attention of the whole anti-doping community.”

Banka, previously the Polish government minister for sport and tourism, succeeded Craig Reedie as WADA’s president three years ago.

He was selected as the preferred WADA candidate at that time ahead of Marcos Diaz from the Dominican Republic.

Yang added: "These past three years as vice president have been a privilege for me and a real highlight of my life in sport. WADA, at its essence, is about upholding the principles of fair play and respect. In recent years, it has been rewarding to see WADA’s shift toward being more athlete-centered …

“I look forward to three more years of progress for WADA, to working alongside president Bańka and WADA management, as we strive to protect clean sport around the world.”

In April this year, WADA agreed to a landmark sponsorship deal with sub-Saharan pay-television broadcaster SuperSport in an effort to diversify its funding.

Under the initial two-year deal, Supersport has become WADA’s first official sponsor and will work with the agency to raise awareness of drug-free sport and deliver education programs throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

WADA now receives advertising and promotional airtime on SuperSport, with messaging focused on the dangers and consequences of doping, as well as informing viewers of the broader societal importance of drug-free sport.

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