February 20, 2003
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Final Version of Code Posted on WADA's Website

Montreal, February 20, 2003 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced today that it has posted on its website the final version of the World Anti-Doping Code. This version will be presented for acceptance to nearly 1,000 delegates at the World Anti-Doping Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, March 3-5.

WADA also posted on its website today the draft Copenhagen Declaration on Anti-Doping in Sport. This Declaration, which is the result of consultation among governments, is the means by which governments will recognize and support the World Anti-Doping Code.

The final version of the Code is the result of an intense consultative process through which WADA’s stakeholders were able to offer their comments, ideas and suggestions. Two earlier drafts of the Code were mailed to more than 1,000 stakeholders and their comments were incorporated into succeeding drafts.

WADA has posted two working drafts of the Code on its website in the last two weeks and has welcomed comments on those drafts, as well. In addition to posting the final version on its website, WADA is also mailing a copy of the final document to stakeholders.

The Code will, for the first time, harmonize rules and regulations regarding doping across all sports and all countries. In Copenhagen, delegates will come together to agree to a Conference Declaration, through which they will reaffirm their commitment to adopting and implementing the Code. The Code is expected to be in place prior to the Summer Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.

Point of Contact for the media:
Frédéric Donzé, media relations manager
Tel: 1-514-904-8820
Cell: 1-514-979-8820
Email: frederic.donze@wada-ama.org