WADA President Witold Banka Lectures at UJ
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 
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World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Witold Banka last week delivered a lecture to sport sciences' students at the University of Jordan (UJ) in which he emphasized the role of higher education institutions in raising awareness and educating youth on the risks of doping in sports.
During the lecture, attended by UJ President Prof. Nathir Obeidat, vice presidents, and WADA Director General Olivier Niggli, WADA Asia/Oceania Regional Office Director Kazuhiro Hayashi, and Jordan Anti-Doping Organization (JADO) President Dr. Kamal Al Hadidi, Banca referred to international anti-doping legislation, guidelines, regulations, and rules adopted by the organization; the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.
He added that WADA, which was founded in 1999 as an initiative of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with the aim to harmonize, coordinate and develop anti-doping efforts, rules and regulations in sports, noting that the organization's team includes more than 150 individuals from 60 countries.


Banka also stressed that the organization is looking forward to more cooperation between members, partners, and stakeholders in the areas of developing academic and capacity building programs, scientific research projects, and building more partnerships.


For his part, Obeidat pointed out at the beginning of the lecture the need for sports sciences, medicine, pharmacy and nursing programs to include courses on this topic to enhance the knowledge of university students about the harmful effects of doping on public health.


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