The Council of Founders of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) approved the Minister of Sport and Tourism of Poland, Witolda Baska, as the new head of the organization.
The decision was made during the World Anti-Doping Conference in Polish Katowice. Banca's candidacy was supported by the Council of Europe and representatives of state authorities that are part of the WADA leadership.
“This is an important moment in my life. Thank you for your confidence. It is symbolic that the decision was made here in Katowice, my native region.
Modesty and work are the principles that I followed as Minister of Sport and Tourism of Poland, and I promise that I will follow them as President of WADA. We are united in heart and soul in purifying the sport, creating a fair environment for pure athletes, and building a strong anti-doping system.
I promise to do my best to build bridges between all parties interested in this, I will be open to discuss all issues. I’m sure that together we will strengthen the anti-doping system and make the world sport better, ”TASS quoted Banka.
The 35-year-old Banya will take office on January 1, 2020. He will replace the British Briton Craig Reedy, who headed the WADA since 2013.