Former head of WADA John Fahey died at the age of 75

Former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) John Fahey died at the age of 75. This was reported by the press service of WADA.

“It is with great sadness that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) reports on the death of the former president, the Honorable John Fahey, who died in Australia at the age of 75 years,” – the message says.

An advocate by profession, he was elected as a Member of Parliament in New South Wales, Australia, in 1984 until 1996. Prior to his election, he was a member of Parliament of the State of New South Wales, after which he served as Australia’s Finance Minister for about six years.

Fahey was the second president of WADA after British Richard Pound, having served at the head of the organization from 2008 to 2013. During his tenure, he has developed a number of key partnerships, particularly with the pharmaceutical and law enforcement communities around the world, including Interpol.

“John was an excellent president of the organization and an outstanding man. He adhered strictly to his values and always acted in the interests of WADA and clean sport. He was an excellent leader, an official and a gentleman, and anyone who worked with him at WADA will miss him,” said Oliver Niggli, the agency’s CEO.

It is reported that at the beginning of the WADA Executive Committee meeting on Monday, September 14, Fahey’s memory will be honored with a minute of silence.