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Boost for Lausanne drug agency bid

The agency has been meeting in Lausanne since June

(Keystone)

Lausanne has been named as one of six cities being considered as a permanent home for the World Anti-Doping Agency. Currently acting as the agency's temporary base, Lausanne faces competition from Bonn, Lille, Montreal, Stockholm and Vienna.

The committee responsible for determining the final location of the agency announced on Tuesday that four further bids, tabled by Barcelona, Madrid, Nice and Singapore, had been ruled out on technical grounds.

Only three cities were expected to be removed from the bidding at this stage, but Nice was added to the list because it did not have the backing of the French government - one of the requirements stipulated by the committee.

The six cities remaining have until March 1 to hand in their official dossiers. A final decision is due to be taken in the summer with the chosen centre scheduled to be operational by January 2002.

The agency has received 25 million dollars in funding from the International Olympic Committee to cover its first two years of operation. From 2002 half of the budget will be covered by national governments.

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