WADA Clears 11 National Anti-Doping Orgs from Non-Compliance Watch List

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;
  • Greece;
  • Iran;
  • Latvia;
  • Netherlands;
  • Portugal;
  • Spain;
  • Uzbekistan; and
  • Montenegro

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.

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1 year ago

I’m glad to see that WADA is acting to upgrade the entire system.
However, the history of PED’s tests coming out positive certainly falls disproportionately on two countries:
mainland China and Russia. More can be done and should be done.

everyone takes PEDs
1 year ago

Mike, have you ever heard of Caeleb Remel‘s 8 TUEs ?

He‘s from the US btw.

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