The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), UNESCO and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) celebrated the signature of the 175th government to ratify the International Convention against Doping in Sport in Paris today.
Tuvalu, a country of 11,600 people, became the latest signatory of the Convention, which was adopted on 19 October 2005. Tuvalu follows other recent government signatories including the Dominican Republic and the Syrian Arab Republic.
The International Convention against Doping in Sport is the practical instrument by which governments formalize their commitment to the fight against doping. Given that many governments cannot be bound by a non-governmental document such as the World Anti-Doping Code, the Convention allows governments to align their domestic policies with the Code, thus harmonizing the rules governing anti-doping in sport and public legislation.
Under UNESCO standards, the Convention has set records in terms of the speed with which it was prepared, adopted and ratified. The result is that 98% of the world’s population has now pledged its commitment to the fight against doping in sport.
“One of the great success stories within the anti-doping community since the formation of WADA has been the creation of the International Convention against Doping in Sport, which has assisted us no end in our efforts to bring consistency and harmonization to anti-doping policy right across the world,” declared WADA President John Fahey. “We are edging ever closer to complete global ratification of this Convention, and we will be working hard in the coming months and years to encourage those nations that have not yet signed the convention to do so,” he added.