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The next step in the fight against doping

October 26th, 2007 by kornum · No Comments

The 15th to 17th of November The Municipal Congress Center in Madrid will be the centre of an important debate, when WADA and other stakeholders gather to discuss and revise the The World Anti-Doping Code rules also called The Code. Here the next step in the fight against doping will be made.

Text Kristine Kornum

The Code is the name for the harmonized anti-doping policies, rules, and regulations within sport organizations and among public authorities that WADA controls. The World Anti-Doping Code saw the light of day on January 1st, 2004, and for the first time in history the fight against doping within almost all branches of sport was standardised and coordinated by one joint organisation; WADA. And acording to the organisations homepage it has been a succes.

“The Code has proven to be a very powerful and effective tool in the harmonization of anti-doping efforts worldwide. This has been demonstrated by the overwhelming support of governments and sports in adopting the Code, in addition to the growing body of Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) jurisprudence supporting the Code’s tenets.”

The revised code
After a couple of years with the original Code WADA has decided that it’s time to revise it to keep in touch with the fight against doping and to update the rules with newly gained experience.

In 2006 WADA started the revising process by consultating the stakeholders, and it is this process that will culminate at the World Conference in Madrid, where the final draft revision of the Code will be presented to WADA’s Foundation Board for approval.

On their homepage WADA lists the trends that have appeared in the revising process:
• Firmness and fairness—both targeted at strengthening
the fight against doping in sport.

• Increase of sanctions in doping cases involving certain “aggravating

• Greater flexibility in relation to to sanctions in general.

• All prohibited substances, except substances in the classes of anabolic agents
and hormones and those stimulants so identified on the Prohibited List, shall be “specified substances” for the purposes of sanctions. This means that where an athlete can establish how a specified substance entered his/her body or came into his/her possession and that such specified substance was not intended to enhance sport performance, the sanction may be reduced to a reprimand and no period of ineligibility at a minimum, and a 2-year ban at a maximum.

• Incentives to come forward have also been introduced.

• The draft revised Code formalizes the current WADA recommendation that any
combination of three missed tests and/or failures by an athlete to provide
accurate whereabouts information within an 18-month period as determined by the anti-doping organizations with jurisdiction over the athlete shall constitute an anti-doping rule violation.


You can read the complete list of trends from the final draft of the revised Code at WADAs homepage

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