April 7, 2003
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First Sports Organizations begin Adopting World Anti-Doping Code

Montreal, April 7, 2003 – The World Anti-Doping Agency announced today that several sports organizations have formally adopted the World Anti-Doping Code.

Three international federations – the International Triathlon Union (ITU), the International Association of Amateur Boxing (AIBA) and the International Chess Federation (FIDE) have provided WADA with the signed document formalizing their adoption of the Code. In addition, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports (CCES) and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) have also formally adopted the Code. The AOC has already taken the further step of implementing the rules of the Code.

“These developments are very encouraging,” said Richard W. Pound, WADA’s president. “The speed with which these organizations have taken measures to adopt the Code reflects the momentum that the recent World Conference in Copenhagen has provided in the fight against doping in sport. These steps will encourage others to follow suit at their congresses and meetings in the coming year and will demonstrate the willingness of sports organizations to implement the Code prior to the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.”

The Code is the first document to harmonize the rules and regulations concerning anti-doping across all countries and all sports. The document was approved by delegates at the World Conference on Doping in Sport, which brought together 1,200 participants in Copenhagen in March. Sports organizations should formally adopt and implement the Code according to their internal procedures prior to the Olympic Games in 2004.

The list of sports organizations who have formally adopted the Code, as well as a list of world governments who signed the Copenhagen Declaration Against Doping in Sport, affirming their intention to adopt and implement the Code prior to the winter Olympic Games in 2006, can be found on WADA’s website. These lists will be updated regularly.

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