Brazil Passes Anti-Doping Legislation Just Under WADA Buzzer

Just in the nick of time, the Brazilian government passed necessary legislation to avoid seeing its compliance status dented by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Last November, Brazil was 1 of 6 countries placed on WADA’s ‘watch list’ for not meeting the organization’s guidelines and the 2016 Olympic Games host nation had until last Friday, March 18th to shape up its protocol. As such, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff signed an executive decree, which included a couple of key changes to the nation’s anti-doping legislation, thus bringing Brazil up to code.

According to the decree, in an effort to ensure independence of the Brazilian Anti-Doping Agency (ABCD), ‘all doping cases must be heard in an independent, specialized tribunal instead of a general sports court.’ Additionally, cases will now be heard within the international standard of a maximum of 21 days, rather than the Brazilian average time frame of 60 days.

Rousseff stated that the changes mark a “historic breakthrough in the fight for clean sport in Brazil.” The statement continued, “This Brazilian anti-doping code sets the standards for the fight against doping in Brazilian sport, contributing to its harmonization with the world (standard).”

Had the legislation not been formulated and passed by last Friday, Rio’s doping lab would have been deemed non-compliant and would have lost its accreditation. In that scenario, thousands of doping samples to be taken during the Olympic and Paralympic Games would have had to have been sent outside Brazil for testing, similar to what occurred during the 2o14 World Cup. With that event, samples taken by host Brazil had to be shipped to Lausanne, Switzerland for testing.

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Gina

They can pass all the legislation WADA or anyone else wants. It means little in an era of teetering general governance by actual governments . Brazil is just one of the latest to be in our faces. I am not going into any analyses of why or how or when – just take a peek at the media (themselves part of the loss of trust because they are sh*t) & see the commotion in The US GB & Australia. These 3 are the foundations of WADA & the great WHITE hope of world governance not just of sport but all that is good in this world. I’m not projecting sport armageddon -more like ‘Stumbling Through ” this & each chapter… Read more »

Rafael

Does us overall really wants things clean? Us swimmers are one thing but usatf is as dirty as it gets and beiseball American football and other high lucrative sports are as covered by the national body as it can be.

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