20 February 2017

Laos ratifies UNESCO Anti-Doping Convention

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce that the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos) has become the 184th State Party to ratify the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport.

“I am thrilled that Laos has become the latest State Party to commit to clean sport through its ratification of the UNESCO Convention, and I wish to place on record my appreciation to the Southeast Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organization (SEARADO) and the team at our Asia/Oceania Regional Office for making this happen” said WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie.

“We have reached an important juncture for the anti-doping movement, with one of WADA’s main priorities today to ensure that the UNESCO Convention is implemented and practiced effectively in every country. In achieving quality anti-doping programs on a global scale, we will be reaffirming our commitment to clean athletes around the world,” Reedie added.

The UNESCO 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.

After Laos’ ratification of the UNESCO Convention, the population of the world that has pledged its support to clean sport through the Convention remains at 98%, with 11 countries still to ratify the Convention.