CAHAMA meeting in Poland
On 8 September 2015, at the Wrocław Town Hall a meeting of the Council of Europe’s Ad Hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA) was held. The meeting gathered 45 delegates representing 23 member states of the Council of Europe, as well as representatives of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the European Commission and the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO).
CAHAMA is a team of experts responsible for coordinating the positions of States Parties to the European Cultural Convention prior to meetings of the WADA governing bodies. The aim of the 33rd meeting of CAHAMA was to get prepared for the WADA Executive Committee meeting planned to be held on 16 September 2015 in Copenhagen.
The participants of the CAHAMA meeting in Wrocław discussed, inter alia, the following issues: changes in the Prohibited Substances and Methods List, the WADA budget for 2016-2018, the implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code in the Council of Europe Member States and the election of the Member States’ representatives to the WADA governing bodies for the next term of office. The national delegations submitted the candidatures of the Minister of Culture of the Kingdom of Norway, Thorhild Widvey, seeking re-election to the WADA Executive Committee, and the Deputy Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation, Pavel Klobkov, standing for election to the WADA Foundation Board.
As a result of the 33rd CAHAMA meeting, a mandate for the European representative in the WADA Executive Committee has been formulated.
The holding of the CAHAMA meeting in Poland was indirectly related to the next year's meeting of the WADA Executive Committee to be held in Warsaw in September 2016.