23 June 2015

Palestine becomes 180th State Party country to ratify UNESCO Anti-Doping Convention

Palestinian signature means only 15 countries are still to sign-up to Convention

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce that the State of Palestine has become the 180th state party to ratify the International Convention against Doping in Sport.

Palestine’s commitment to the Convention means that there are now just 15 countries globally that have yet to become signatories.

“Palestine’s arrival at the anti-doping table is excellent news not just for its athletes, but for the clean sport movement worldwide,” said WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie.

“With the recent commitment of Kiribati and Honduras, Palestine is the third state party to ratify the convention in as many weeks. This signifies strong momentum for the clean sport community, following the introduction of the enhanced World Anti-Doping Code earlier this year. My personal thanks go to the Palestinian Minister of Sport, General Jibril Alrjoub, for his support in making this happen,” added Reedie.

Following Palestine’s signature, the population of the world that has pledged its support to clean sport through the Convention remains at 98%.

The International Convention against Doping in Sport, which was adopted on 19 October 2005, 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 (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.