April 1, 2008
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Eighty Countries Have Now Ratified UNESCO Convention against Doping in Sport

With Italy and Guatemala having completed their ratification procedure, 80 countries have now ratified the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport, adopted unanimously by the 191 governments present at the UNESCO General Conference in October 2005 and which came into force on February 1, 2007.

The UNESCO Convention—the first universal treaty against doping in sport—is the practical instrument by which governments formalize their commitment to the fight against doping. Because many governments cannot be bound by a non-governmental document such as the World Anti-Doping Code (the document harmonizing anti-doping rules in all sports and all countries), this Convention permits governments to align their domestic policies with the Code and to thus harmonize the rules governing anti-doping in sport and public legislation.

WADA is in permanent contact with UNESCO and the different governments that have not yet ratified the treaty in order to facilitate and encourage its rapid ratification.

In addition, the revised World Anti-Doping Code (Code), unanimously endorsed by delegates from sports and governments at the Third World Conference on Doping in Sport in November 2007 and to come into force on January 1, 2009, states that, starting in 2009, the International Olympic Committee will accept bids for the Olympic Games only from countries where the government has ratified the UNESCO Convention and where the National Olympic Committee, National Paralympic Committee and National Anti-Doping Organization are in compliance with the Code. The revised Code also calls International Federations to do everything possible to award World Championships only to countries where the government has ratified the Convention and where the National Olympic Committee, National Paralympic Committee and National Anti-Doping Organization are in compliance with the Code, starting on January 1, 2010.

Click here to view the updated list of countries who have ratified the Convention.