The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published its five-year strategic plan titled "Leading Anti-Doping Into A New Era".
The plan was approved by WADA's Executive Committee in a virtual meeting on May 15th, with unanimous approval following from the Foundation Board.
WADA said the development of the plan began in May last year, with a commitment to receiving feedback from athletes, representatives from the sports movement and Government, industry influencers, National Anti-Doping Organizations, and WADA-accredited laboratories.
A number of areas were reportedly identified for WADA to improve or place greater focus on.
The organization says it has agreed six strategic priorities for the five years of the plan, including leading by example by taking "bold steps to proactively tackle emerging issues with agility and innovative solutions across all facets of anti-doping".
Increasing the impact of WADA was also identified, with the aim of expanding the reach and effectiveness of anti-doping programmes by enhancing capacity building and knowledge sharing between Anti-Doping Organizations and empowering local programme delivery.
Efforts to engage and empower athletes to contribute to the development of anti-doping policies was cited as part of WADA's aim to be athlete-centered.
Building an easier anti-doping journey for athletes, and increasing the contribution that programmes deliver for athletes and their entourage so that they can build healthy and sustainable careers in sport, were included as part of this aim.
WADA has also targeted engaging and collaborating with everyone involved in anti-doping, in particular with the sports movement and public authorities, to increase support, unity, and coherence in everyone's efforts.
Raising awareness and shaping a proactive narrative around the organizationís role and the positive impacts of the doping-free sport, as well as providing greater value for stakeholders by reducing operational complexities and maximizing impact and cost-effectiveness, is also a target.
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