Banka Re-elected For 2nd Term As WADA President

By: Gyang Dakwo

Witold Banka was unanimously re-elected on Friday for a second three-year term as president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) during a Foundation Board meeting in Montreal.

Speaking before his re-election, Poland’s Banka said that after his first term, there is plenty more that needs to be accomplished in the fight against doping.

“The anti-doping system still needs to be strengthened and this will require the full attention of the whole anti-doping community,” Banka told the meeting.

“We are confident that with the ingenuity, support, and unity of all our partners, we will generate fresh and innovative ideas and succeed in ‘Raising the Game’ for athletes worldwide.”

WADA vice president Yang Yang was also unanimously re-elected for a second three-year term. Banka and Yang will both begin their second terms on Jan. 1, 2023.

During Banka’s first term, WADA published its 2020-2024 Strategic Plan and carried out wide-ranging governance reform that placed athletes at the center of the organisation.