Richard W. Pound was presented with the first Humanitarian Award at the Richmond City Hall in Richmond, BC. Mr. Pound swam for the Canadian Olympic Team in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, and won four medals in the 1962 Commonwealth Games. He is a former President of the Canadian Olympic Committee, former Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and is the founding Chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). He is a successful lawyer and author of many books on Canadian law, anti-doping and Olympic activity.
In his service to the IOC and WADA, Mr. Pound has become famous for his efforts to end doping in sports. Under his leadership, WADA has advanced anti-doping policy and exposed athletes using performance-enhancing drugs, including 25 athletes during the 2004 Olympics in Athens alone. Anti-doping regulations in world sports have continued to toughen, thanks to Richard Pound’s influence.
Some have even credited Mr. Pound with saving the Olympic Movement. After he was elected to the committee in 1978, he transformed the IOC’s economic model for marketing the Olympics and revolutionized the way that games continue to be funded. He has also been a force within the IOC, demanding honesty and integrity in Olympic matters. He was responsible for heading up an internal IOC investigation that uncovered multiple bribes and unethical deals surrounding the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Games.
Richard Pound’s no-nonsense, hard-charging style has made him controversial to some, but few individuals have accomplished more to preserve the honesty, ethics and commercial success of the Olympic Games. Without Mr. Pound’s efforts and the work of the World Anti-Doping Agency, the Olympic Games as we know them today, perhaps would not exist. Therefore we are proud and honored to have made Richard W. Pound the first recipient of the Global Sports Development Humanitarian award.