The revised World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards have been agreed at the World Conference on Doping in Sport.
The new Code was approved in South Africa by the WADA Foundation Board and takes affect from 1 January 2015. It is the result of over 18 months of active consultation by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) with significant UK contribution. The World Conference endorsed the revised World Anti-Doping Code for ensuring the continuation and strengthening of harmonious anti-doping programs worldwide. The Code, ever since its initial adoption by sport and government in 2003, has acted as the global framework for a consistent, standardized approach to tackling doping right across the world.
UK Minister for Sport Helen Grant remarked doping has absolutely no place in sport and will not be tolerated and the public must have confidence that the sport they see is true and fair. Grant added that tackling doping requires a strong partnership between government and sport and we have that in the UK and also remarked she supports these changes to the World Anti-Doping Code that will help step up the global fight against drug cheats, suppliers, traffickers, and anyone involved in doping.
Meanwhile, UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson remarked we have in the UK consistently stated that anti-doping needs to continually evolve to protect clean athletes. He added that we are delighted that many of the practices already implemented in the UK are now included in the revised Code and Standards, most notably tougher sanctions for cheats and a focus on intelligence-led and flexible programs designed to both prevent and detect doping and added we now look forward to implementing these changes in partnership with sports in the United Kingdom, so we are able to further support our clean athletes.
BPA CEO Tim Hollingsworth said also extended his support for the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code and said we are pleased after a thorough consultation process that the WADA Code and Standards have continued to evolve and will strengthen the fight for clean and fair sport. Tim added that the Code will help us and our sports to continue to support and educate our athletes to enable them compete on a level-playing field and achieve their dreams.
UK Sport Chief Executive Liz Nicholl said our primary focus is to invest in athletes to achieve medal success at Olympic and Paralympic games and it is vital to the integrity of sport that they are competing in a fair environment where drugs cheats are caught and banned. She added that funded athletes are role models in society and should adhere to the highest standards of behavior so a robust worldwide anti-doping regime is also crucial to building that trust with the public. She went on to add that she is delighted to see the new WADA Code has tougher sanctions for doping but also has scope to encourage athletes to disclose information which may lead to the authorities being able to root out more drugs cheats from elite sport.