WORLD ANTI-DOPING CODE NEEDS ADAPTING FOR TEAM SPORTS
The World Anti-Doping Code needs adapting for team sports, whose international federations are well placed to handle the peculiarities particular to their testing programmes, heard delegates at Day Two of the UEFA Anti-Doping Symposium, which took place in London on Friday 23 November. It was argued that strict requirements in the Code covering issues such as the number of athletes in a Registered Testing Pool (RTP); the number of tests required to be performed on them; whereabouts filing requirements; and other issues are hindering international federations from adapting team testing programmes to catch doping cheats.
Delegates also heard about potential changes to the World Anti-Doping Code that will be put forward in the third draft of the 2021 Code, due to be completed in May next year. A final draft will be completed in September for submission to the World Conference on Doping in Sport in Katowice, Poland, in November.
- A possible reintroduction of the ‘substances of abuse’ clause that was removed from the final draft of the 2015 Code;
• A possible requirement that athletes sanctioned with an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) provide education to other athletes;
• The possible introduction of an ADRV for retaliation against whistleblowers;
• ‘Substantial assistance’ may encompass integrity areas outside of doping (such as match-fixing); and
• The drafting of a separate International Standard for Education (ISE) that will be presented in Katowice.
Other topics included:
- The human cost of anti-doping policies on athletes;
• Whether the current approach to anti-doping education is effective;
• How doping prevalence studies can inform intelligent testing;
• Measures taken by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to deal with non-compliant organisations.
AUTHOR: BROWN Andy
PUBLISHED: November 27, 2018