World Anti-Doping Agency has new anti-doping code Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 November 2013 00:00

sports conf.jpg - 60.29 KbThe World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) held  its  4th World Conference on Doping in Sports from November 12-15, 2013, in Johannesburg, South Africa, where over 1500 participants from the National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs), Regional Anti-Doping Organisations (RADOs), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Sporting Federations (IFs), Sports Ministers (governments), UNESCO, and the media gathered to hear the presentations and the interventions for the new anti-doping code.

The 4th World Conference was officially declared open by the Minister of Sports, Sports and Recreation of South Africa the Hon. Fikile Mbalula. The 4th World Conference also had the participation of Mr. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, Richard Young (World Anti-Doping Code Drafting Team Draftsman and International Standards for Laboratories), Ulrich Hass (World Anti-Doping Code Drafting Team), and Jean-Paul Costa (World Anti-Doping Code Drafting Team).

Other presenters on  the Conference Agenda were Arne Ljungqvist, Vice President of WADA who presented on the Sports Movement Perspective; Hon. Vincent Meriton Foundation Board Member who presented on Governments/Public Authority Perspective; Andrew Godkin who presented the review on the International Standard for Testing and Investigations; Jonathan Taylor who presented on the review of the International Standards for Therapeutic Use Exemptions and the Hon. Valerie Fourneyron Sports Minister for France who presented on the International Standards for Protection of Privacy and Personal Information.

At the end of the four days working conference, the Executive Committee of WADA presented the 2015 Revised Code, the Revised International Standard for Laboratories, the Revised Standards for Protection of Privacy and Personal Information, the Revised International Standards for Therapeutic Use Exemptions, as well as the new International Standard for Testing and Investigations to the Foundation Board for ratification and acceptance after which the delegates voted on the 2015 Revised Code as presented. The delegates voted unanimously to accept and pass the code. The new code will come into effect on January 1st, 2015. Also presented and accepted by the delegates were the sanctions which include a 4 years suspension for a first offence and the time span for missed tests from 18 months to 12 months.

On Friday November 15, Sir Craig Reddie, the IOC Vice President, was, as a representative of the sport movement was elected President of WADA and His Excellency Mr. M.A. Stofile, a former Executive Committee and Foundation Board Member, who will represent public authorities, was elected WADA’s Vice President.
The 4th world Conference on Doping in Sport was chaired by the out-going President Mr. John Fahey.