The World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) has cleared 11 National Anti-Doping Organizations from its non-compliance watch list after necessary improvements were made to their national anti-doping policies and practices. Two others are still on that watch list.
Four others are still non-compliant, WADA, says, though two of those four are working toward compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.
Nations that have made necessary changes to become compliant:
- Brussels Community of Belgium;
- Flemish Community of Belgium;
- French Community of Belgium;
- Uzbekistan; and
The first 10 nations on the list above were given a deadline of January 14 to become compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code, while Montenegro had a deadline of February 28. All deadlines were four months after being added to the non-compliance watch list.
Two others, Romania and the German Community of Belgium, remain on the watch list ahead of a February 28 deadline.
The watchlist is part of a recent push by WADA to monitor Code Signatories and ensure that when updates are made to the World Anti-Doping Code, they are satisfactorily integrated into national legal systems.
This leaves four NADOs that are considered to be non-compliant with WADA standards: the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), Russia, Indonesia, and Thailand. Of those, WADA says that Indonesia and Thailand are “currently engaged in the process of reinstatement.”
Thailand’s non-compliance ruling was for failure to implement the 2021 Anti-Doping Code, while it was determined that Indonesia and North Korea did not have effective testing programs.