World’s only anti doping agency ‘WADA’ is fighting hard to get rid the menace of doping (or drugs) from the sports and athletes. In this article we will see What is WADA and how it works. In this article we have also given a brief idea about World Anti-Doping Code as well. So you will get all the important information about WADA in this single article.
World’s Only Anti Doping Agency ‘WADA’
What is ‘WADA’?
As the name suggest the ‘World Anti Doping Agency’ (WADA) in English or ‘Agence Mondiale Antidopage’ in French, is an independent and non-profit entity which was founded through a collective initiative led by the IOC – International Olympic Committee to fight against the menace of doping or in other words drugs. WADA was set up on the 10thof November, 1999 in Lausanne in Switzerland under ‘Declaration of Lausanne’. Under this declaration, WADA’s foremost work is to promote, monitor and coordinate the fight against drugs in sports.
In the year 2002, the headquarters of WADA was established in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and the Lausanne office became the regional WADA office for the Europe. WADA has established its regional offices in Latin America, Asia/Oceana and Africa as well. WADA’s ‘World Anti-Doping Code’ has been accepted by over 600 sports organizations of the world which includes most of the international and national anti-doping organizations, International sports federations, the IOC and the International Paralympic Committee. Since 2014, Sir Craig Reedie has been the president of WADA.
What is the World Anti-Doping Code?
The World Anti-Doping Code is a document in which the anti-doping regulations are corresponded for all the sports and countries of the world. The anti-doping code of WADA regularly updates its current list of prohibited substances and methods which the sportspersons should not take or use.
The World Anti-Doping Code of WADA was first implemented prior to the 2007 Olympics in Athens by all the sports organizations of the world. Not only the sports federations or committees of the world, even professional sports leagues like the NBA, NHL, and IPL have unanimously adopted the revised code which was adopted by the 3rd World Conference on Doping in Sports from 1st January 2009.
In 2013 one more amendment was adopted in which the sanction for the first offense itself was doubled, but it has been more lenient towards the athletes who are willing to co-operate with the WADA authorities. This newly amended code will be taking effect from 1st January, 2015.