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Key changes to the newly revised anti-doping WADA code

Key changes to the newly revised anti-doping WADA code

Key elements in the revised World Anti-Doping Code, which was ratified at a World Anti-Doping Agency conference in Madrid on Saturday:
_ Athletes caught using banned substances could face a four-year suspension for a first doping offense in "aggravating circumstances." This includes athletes involved in a larger doping scheme; using prohibited substances _ including anabolic steroids _ on multiple occasions; if the athlete enjoys the effects of the prohibited substance for a period longer than his/her ineligibility; or for impeding the investigation of an anti-doping offense.
_ An athlete is considered guilty of a doping violation if he/she accumulates a combination of three missed tests and/or fails to provide information of their whereabouts within an 18-month period.
_ Possible ban reductions for athletes who admit to doping; assist officials in catching other drug cheats; or lead investigators to a larger doping scheme.
_ Lesser sanctions for athletes who can prove the prohibited substance was not intended to enhance performance.
_ Accelerated processing time on B samples, with the backup sample being tested within seven days of the A sample; athletes are provisionally suspended after a positive A sample.
_ WADA can appeal a sanction rendered by a national anti-doping organizations _ or lack of one _ directly to the Court of Arbitration of Sport.
_ Sports bodies "will do everything possible" to award their world championships only to countries whose governments have ratified the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport by 2010.
_ Countries that haven't ratified the UNESCO convention will not be allowed to occupy executive WADA posts or sit on the agency's foundation board.


Updated : 2021-10-24 20:23 GMT+08:00