After the events that shook the world of cycling in the summer of 1998, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) convened a World Conference on Doping, bringing together all parties involved in the fight against doping.


The World Conference on Doping in Sport, held in Lausanne, Switzerland on 2-4 February 1999, produced the Lausanne Declaration on Doping in Sport. This document created an independent international anti-doping agency to be fully operational for the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney in 2000.

Pursuant to the terms of the Lausanne Declaration, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established on 10 November 1999 in Lausanne to promote and coordinate the fight against doping in sport internationally. WADA was set up as a foundation under the initiative of the IOC with the support and participation of intergovernmental organizations, governments, public authorities, and other public and private bodies fighting against doping in sport. The agency consists of equal representatives from the Olympic Movement and public authorities.


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