Professor Arne Ljungqvist Anti-Doping Foundation

Ljungqvist asked to stay with IOC and WADA

News   •   Jan 08, 2014 09:47 UTC

Professor Ljungqvist’s role as Chairman of IOC Medical Commission ended officially in September 2013 and he officially stepped down from the position as Vice Chairman of the World Anti Doping Agency in December 2013, at the time of the shift of President and vice President.

Despite these facts, the new IOC President Thomas Bach asked Ljungqvist to stay as Chairman "at least" until the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and WADA's new President, Sir Craig Reedy, asked Ljungqvist to remain as Chairman of the WADA Health, Medical and Research Committee (For Professor Ljungqvist this is not a new phenomena – due to IOC's regulations, members shall step down from their positions at the age of 80, but at Ljungqvist's 80th birthday in 2011, the IOC President Jacques Rogge asked Ljungqvist to stay in the Medical Commission until his own term ended in 2013).

The search for a replacement of both positions has been intensified during 2013, but Professor Ljungqvist’s role and legacy is of a unique kind – combining the fields of athletic competition, sports management- and medical science with an undisputed era of 40 years experiences from the fight against doping.

New candidates for these positions will be announced by the respective organisations.