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New appointments for Drugs in Sport Board



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Media Release Ja.ckl6 Kelly Minister for Sport and Tourism Tuesday, 9 March 1999 99 021

NEW APPOINTMENTS FOR DRUGS IN SPORT BOARD

Federal Minister for Sport and Tourism. Jackie Kelly, today announced four appointments to the nation's high profile anti-doping organisation, the Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASDA).

Current serving board member Diane Sias, the General Manager o f Banking Services at Westpac, has been elevated to the position o f Chairperson.

Diane Sias has been selected for the impressive leadership skills and business "know how" she w ill bring to the pivotal position on the board

Dr Andrew McLachlan. a leading pharmacist and research scientist with extensive experience conducting and evaluating drug trials, has been appointed as a member o f the ASD A board.

Minister Kelly said she was delighted that Dr McLachlan had agreed to make such a demanding contribution to drugs in sport

"Drugs in sport is one o f the biggest issues facing sport today. No sport can afford to consider itself immune from insidious performance enhancement practices, including doping," she said

Dr Brian Sando and Sharon Buchanan, both currently serving board members, have been reĀ­ appointed to the board for a two-year term.

Minister Kelly said that these appointments together with the proposed legislative changes before the Parliament to step up its campaign against drug cheats are part o f the Government's tougher anti-doping strategy that w ill take Australia through to 2000 and beyond

"The continued success o f the Australian Sports Drug Agency is critical to Australia's reputation as a leader in the fight against doping in sport.

"A strong and dynamic board, with the technical depth and fle xib ility to deal with the increasing complexity o f issues surrounding drugs in sport, is also integral to the sporting and business success o f the Sydney 2000 Games . "

The Minister thanked the inaugural and outgoing chairperson. Professor Peter Baume AO for the valuable contribution and leadership he has provided to the work o f the agency.

"Professor Baume has worked hard to give Australia an anti-drugs in sport organisation that is arguably the best in the world." she said.

Media inquiries: Peter Cassuben CMR119 Minister Kelly's Office

0417 980 009

Parliament i-cuse. Canberra ACT 2600 Tel: (02) 6277 7080 Fax: (02) 6273 4571