The 1st World Conference dedicated to the fight against doping held at the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne in February 1999 led on the one hand to the creation in November of the same year of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), foundation international law under Swiss private law which brings together representatives of the Olympic Movement and representatives of governments from the five continents, on the other hand, when the agency launched the drafting of the first World Anti-Doping Code, which, from its provisional versions, provided for the creation national anti-doping organizations.
Even before the 2003nd World Conference was held in Denmark at the beginning of March 2, this time organized by WADA and which resulted in the approval of the Copenhagen Declaration against doping in sport, with the aim of “ to formulate a political and moral agreement (…) in order to recognize the role of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and to support it; to support the World Anti-Doping Code adopted by the WADA Foundation Board at this conference; to support international intergovernmental cooperation with regard to promoting the harmonization of anti-doping policies and practices in sport and to support a process leading to a convention (…) ”, HSH Prince Rainier III, anxious to recognize the role of the Code as a fundamental text in the global fight against doping in sport, to adapt Monegasque public policies to the requirements of this Code and to support the role of coordination, harmonization and standardization of anti-doping efforts in According to this Code, on February 7, 2003, Sovereign Ordinance n ° 15.656 was adopted establishing a Monegasque Anti-Doping Committee after the Governing Council deliberated on it in its meeting on January 8, 2003.
From its creation to its transformation into a private law body vested with a mission of general interest by the effect of Sovereign Order n ° 5.089 of December 3, 2014, the Monegasque Anti-Doping Committee was a State structure chaired by the Councilor of the Government of the Interior.
Thus its first president was the prefect Philippe Deslandes who, appointed Government Councilor for the Interior of the Principality of Monaco by Sovereign Order n ° 13.305 of January 26, 1998, exercised these functions until the appointment of his successor, Mr. Paul Masseron, prefect, who was appointed Government Councilor for the Interior by Sovereign Order No. 479 of April 5, 2006.
Mr. Deslandes, having been responsible for setting up the Committee and implementing the 2003 version of the World Anti-Doping Code and Mr. Masseron having been responsible for implementing the 2009 version of this same Code and preparing the application of the 2015 version of this Code, they both made a powerful contribution to establishing the Monegasque regulatory framework for the fight and prevention against doping and to giving the institution its first letters of nobility by focusing on ensuring that , in accordance with the intangible will of Their Serene Highnesses Prince Rainier III and Prince Albert II, the Principality of Monaco sets an example in the fight against the scourge of doping in sport.
The Monegasque Anti-Doping Committee would like to pay tribute to them for their achievements in the service of a clean, fair, equitable and honest sport and intends to follow in their footsteps.