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Thursday, July 20, 2000
WADA has conducted 400 tests; agreements reached with 19 sports

 LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The World Anti-Doping Agency announced Thursday it has conducted more than 400 out-of-competition drug tests in the past month, and plans to exceed 2,000 before the Sydney Games.

 WADA also said it had signed agreements with 19 Olympic summer sports federations to allow out-of-competition testing and was still in negotiation with the nine others.

 "What is particularly gratifying is that some international sports federations have amended their policies so quickly to allow out-of-competition testing for the first time," WADA chairman Richard Pound said. "This is a true accomplishment for the Olympic movement."

 WADA was created last year to coordinate a worldwide testing campaign for banned performance-enhancing drugs.

 In addition to the more than 400 out-of-competition tests so far conducted, WADA wants to carry out 400 more in the next 10 days, the agency said. WADA aims for a total of 2,500 tests by the end of the year, including around 2,150 prior to the start of the Sydney Games on Sept. 15.

 The 19 Olympic sports which have signed agreements on out-of-competition tests are boxing, equestrian, basketball, canoeing, field hockey, wrestling, swimming, rowing, archery, track and field, badminton, judo, sailing, softball, shooting, table tennis, triathlon, cycling and taekwondo.

 Negotiations are continuing with fencing, soccer, gymnastics, volleyball, baseball, handball, tennis, weightlifting and modern pentathlon.

 WADA said it has appointed the Drug-Free Sport Consortium to conduct the tests. The consortium consists of three agencies -- the Australian Sport Drug Agency, the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sport and the Norwegian Confederation of Sports.

 WADA has also established an official "independent observer" to monitor the doping control program in Sydney. WADA's secretary-general, Harry Syvasalmi, was appointed chairman of the panel of observers.

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