Yang Yang, Vice-Chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency
On the evening of November 7, at the 5th World Anti-doping Congress, held in Katovitz, Poland, Polish Sports and Tourism Minister Banca was elected the new chairman of the World Anti-doping Agency ((WADA)), while the former short-track speed skating champion from China, the Chinese short-track speed skating host, and Yang Yang, chairman of the athletes Committee of the China Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympic Games, were elected vice chairman of the WADA. Yang Yang will take office on January 1, 2020. Yang Yang is full of confidence in her election, she said, “the baton to pick it up, I will do my best to run the next journey.” Yang Yang also told Chinese reporters that this shows that China has made great achievements in anti-doping work in recent years, giving the international community confidence in China and allowing the Chinese to participate in world anti-doping leadership.
In 2002, at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games, Yang Yang achieved a breakthrough of zero gold medals in the Winter Olympics for China in the short track speed skating project. Throughout his career, Yang has won 59 world championships, making him the most champion Chinese athlete in the world. After retirement, Yang Yang studied at Tsinghua University and the University of Utah in the United States. Since then, she has been active in the international sports arena. Brilliant career, cheerful personality, fluent English, excellent working ability, let Yang Yang get the opportunity to work in many international sports organizations one after another. As early as 1999, as an active – duty athlete Yang Yang was elected as a member of the Federation. In 2010, Mr. Yang was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee and became a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the Mainland of China following the re-establishment of Mr. He Zhenliang and Lu Shengrong. Yang Yang, in his capacity as a member of the IOC Ethics Committee, was involved in the investigation of the Russian doping incident. In 2016, Yang Yang was elected as the first member of the International Conference on doping with high-ticket. In November 2017, Beijing 2022 established a committee of athletes, and Yang Yang was elected as Chairman. In the past two years, Yang Yang, from time to time to Shanghai and Beijing, made suggestions for the preparation of the Beijing Olympic Winter Games. In May, Yang was nominated for the world’s anti-excitement. The Vice-President of the Agent Agency (WADA), which was duly elected in Poland on 7 November, was also a Chinese official at the highest level in WADA. Prior to that, she also served as a member of the WADA Athletes Committee between 2005 and 2013.
From the member of the International Skating Federation athletes Committee to the member of the International Olympic Committee, to the chairman of the athletes Committee of the Beijing Winter Olympic Organizing Committee, and to now the vice chairman of the World Anti-doping Agency, Yang Yang has been using her efforts to strive for more voice and status for Chinese sports in the world field. Yang Yang also has a clear understanding of the work he is about to face. “Life is about to begin a new page.” Six months ago, I was nervous and worried, but now it’s all started. The complexity of the work has never been encountered in my previous experience. But when the baton picks it up, I’m going to do my best to run the next one. Me and the new chairman, Mr. Banka. Athletes come from, we will encounter a lot of difficulties, need to calm down to deal with these problems. I even look forward to fighting these challenges. Being able to nominate and be elected is a recognition of my work in the field of anti-doping in recent years. China is also very supportive of me in this position. I feel that the task is very heavy and will do my best to do it well. “
Yang’s election, in addition to her own great efforts and personal charm, has also described China’s anti-doping work in recent years, and has been recognized internationally. China’s anti-doping agency is playing a more important role in the world’s anti-doping affairs, said Chen Zhiyu, the party secretary and deputy director of the China Anti-Doping Agency, in an interview with Xinhua on the occasion of the World Anti-Doping Congress.
The Chinese government has long taken steps, from decree No. 1 of the State General Administration of Sports to the Anti-doping regulations of the State Council and to the measures for the Administration of Anti-doping. The judicial interpretation of criminal law on illegal acts involving stimulants is also under way. There are not many countries in the world that have legislated on doping, and few of them have been cracked down on criminal matters. China’s actions have been praised by WADA Chairman Ridi. It is precisely because of the resolute attitude of the government to crack down on stimulants that China’s anti-doping work has developed rapidly, especially in recent years, regardless of the number of inspections, the level of inspection and Efficiency and education are at the forefront of the world, allowing for further deep participation in world anti-doping affairs. This can be seen from the fact that the Chinese hold more important positions in the International Anti-doping Organization. In addition to Yang Yang, who was elected vice chairman of the WADA, Li Yingchuan, deputy director of the State Sports Administration, is currently a member of the WADA Board of Directors; Li Na, the diving Olympic champion, is a member of the athletes Committee; and Chen Zhiyu is a member of the Advisory Group of experts on the Development of the National (Regional) Anti-doping Agency. In addition, Chen Peijie, dean of Shanghai Institute of physical Education, is an independent expert at the (ITA) Council, a newly established international inspection body.
Last year, the World Congress on Anti-doping Education was held in Beijing, where 201 anti-doping experts from 122 relevant organizations around the world were able to experience China’s anti-doping work firsthand. In July this year, China invited a number of experts to attend the first international seminar on anti-doping work. In addition, the China Anti-doping Center has long cooperated with the Norwegian Anti-doping Agency, from helping China to establish an anti-doping control quality management system in the early days, to sharing their advanced practices with each other.