12 April 2019

Timor-Leste becomes 188th country to ratify UNESCO Anti-Doping Convention

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce that the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (East Timor) has become the 188th State Party to ratify the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport (UNESCO Convention). This leaves just seven countries worldwide that have yet to complete their ratification of the UNESCO Convention.

WADA President Sir Craig Reedie said: “It is encouraging for WADA and for clean sport that we can welcome yet another State Party to the UNESCO Convention. We are pleased that Timor-Leste has shown its commitment to anti-doping in this way.

“Almost all governments of the world have pledged their support to clean sport and vowed to ensure that the UNESCO Convention is implemented and practiced effectively in their respective countries. This is good news for the athletes of Timor-Leste and their competitors around the world.

“I know that Gobinathan Nair, Director General of the Southeast Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organization (SEARADO), of which Timor-Leste is a member, is positive about the news and that the SEARADO will continue to provide expert assistance and support to them.”

The Convention, which was adopted on 19 October 2005, is the practical instrument by which governments formalize their commitment to the fight against doping. It allows governments to align their domestic policies with the World Anti-Doping 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.

See the complete list of countries that have ratified the UNESCO Convention.