Six countries have been deemed non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and are in danger of being banned from the Olympics and other major sporting competitions.
The following National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADO) and National Olympic Committees (NOC) have been deemed non-complaint:
- National Anti-Doping Organizations
- El Salvador
- National Olympic Committees
- North Korea
- Sierraa Leone
- Virgin Islands (U.S.)
WADA President Sir Craig Reedie was quoted in a recent press release:
“Under the revised Code, athletes worldwide rely on top class anti-doping operations; and, as such, it is vital that we see consistent and quality rules practiced in every nation and every sport. I am pleased to see that the overwhelming majority of organizations have put the required rules in place. However, the Foundation Board learnt today that there are still six signatories that have not yet done so, and as such these signatories have been declared non-compliant. It will now be the responsibility of the governments in those countries and the IOC to decide on the consequences of non-compliance. Meanwhile, we at WADA will continue dialogue with all our partners so that quality rules can be put in place at the earliest opportunity.”
According to the WADA Code, it is their responsibility to report non-compliance to the required governments and the International Olympic Committee. After reporting, it will be up to the governments and the IOC to determine the consequences. It is unclear at this point what their punishment will be, but it is likely that these countries could be banned from the Olympics and other major competitions until the countries comply with WADA guidelines. Reuters reported that WADA came across a very small number of people who havn’t done anything for a period of 17-18 months, after seven to eight reminders.
“We are not in the business of keeping them out of sport, we’re in the business of them having a proper set of rules,” explained Reedie.
In order to be deemed compliant to WADA code again, each nation must determine how to implement their rules and policies. These anti-doping rules must then be submitted to WADA for review in order to determine if they are in line with the revised code.