A new agreement will be negotiated between the world anti-doping Agency and Montreal
Photo: Sean Kilpatrick, The canadian Press
Ministers Marc Garneau and Christine St-Pierre rejoice that the executive committee has decided not to accept bids from other cities or countries.
Paros — The world anti-doping Agency (WADA) has received the mandate to renegotiate the agreement it already has with the City of Montreal to maintain its registered office.
At the end of the representations of the canadian delegation, Sunday, in Paris, the executive committee of WADA decided not to launch a tender to relocate the head office in another country.
The federal and provincial ministers,, Marc Garneau, and Christine St-Pierre, were able to convince the members of the executive committee to keep the headquarters in the metropolis, on the condition that negotiations be undertaken to “enhance” the current agreement that binds Montreal WADA until 2021.
The parties give themselves until November to reach a new agreement, which could pave the way to a long-term agreement, i.e. until 2031.
In an interview with The canadian Press, ministers Garneau and St-Pierre were very pleased to have taken this step. They rejoice that the executive committee has decided not to accept bids from other cities or countries.
Representations of Sunday in front of the committee lasted only 45 minutes, but the canadian delegation had conducted an behind the scenes that has proven to be very positive, according to the two ministers.
The world anti-doping Agency was created in 1999 and its montreal offices, where are today working 85 employees, have opened their doors in 2001.