Major Event Organizations

Major Event Organizations (MEOs) refer to the continental associations of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and other international multisport organizations that function as the ruling body for any continental, regional or other international event.

MEOs are responsible for adopting and implementing anti-doping policies and rules for their events that comply with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code). This includes planning, implementing, promoting and evaluating anti-doping education programs.

In addition, MEOs must do everything possible to award World Championships and major sporting events only to countries where the government has ratified the UNESCO Convention, and where the National Olympic Committee (NOC), the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) and the National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) are in compliance with the Code.

Independent Observer Program

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    WADA's Independent Observer (IO) program has helped enhance athlete and public confidence at major sport events by randomly monitoring and reporting on all phases of the doping control and results management processes.