Quebec optimistic World Anti-Doping Agency will stay in Montreal
Quebec’s international relations minister says she is optimistic the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will accept Canada’s offer on Thursday to keep the organization’s headquarters in Montreal until at least 2031.
Christine St-Pierre said Monday she will be part of a Canadian delegation that will make a final pitch to WADA’s 38-member decision-making body later in the week in Seoul, South Korea.
St-Pierre tells The Canadian Press that WADA is expected to make a final decision Thursday afternoon.
WADA’s contract in Montreal is set to expire in 2021 and the agency had opened the door to moving elsewhere, but reportedly changed course after a September meeting in Paris with St-Pierre and federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau.
Following the Paris meeting, Garneau and St-Pierre said the agency agreed to negotiate an extension of the current deal on the condition it be improved.
St-Pierre wouldn’t give details about the offer but said the federal and provincial governments did their homework and that she believes WADA’s board will be satisfied with their presentation.
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