26 August 2015

Djibouti becomes latest country to ratify UNESCO Anti-Doping Convention

African country Djibouti becomes the fifth country in the past three months to ratify the Convention

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce that Djibouti has become the 182nd state party to ratify the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport.

Djibouti’s commitment to the Convention means there are now just 13 countries worldwide that have yet to become signatories.

“In recent weeks, the anti-doping community was pleased to learn that Kiribati, Honduras, Palestine and the Solomon Islands had signed up to the Convention. I am pleased that these four countries have now been joined by Djibouti. This is a timely announcement, coming just over a week before the start of the 11th All-Africa Games. By committing to the Convention, Djibouti is sending the right message to its own athletes, as well as athletes across Africa and the entire world,” said WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie.

“I would like to commend Mr. Badoul Hassan Badoul, the Djibouti Minister of Youth and Sports, who has helped make this happen,” he added.

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.

The population of the world that has pledged its support to clean sport through the Convention remains at 98%.