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WADA PUBLISHES GUIDANCE NOTE FOR ANTI-DOPING ORGANIZATIONS REGARDING SUBSTANCES OF ABUSE UNDER 2021 WORLD ANTI-DOPING CODE

Montreal, 11 January 2021

Dear colleagues,
 
logo en2xToday, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) publishes a Guidance Note regarding Substances of Abuse under the revised 2021 World Anti-Doping Code (the Code), which entered into effect on 1 January 2021.
 
Pursuant to Article 4.2.3 of the Code, some substances on the 2021 List of Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods (2021 Prohibited List) have been identified as Substances of Abuse "because they are frequently abused in society outside the context of sport".
 
Under Article 10.2.4.1 of the Code, regarding these substances, "if the Athlete can establish that any ingestion or Use occurred Out-of-Competition and was unrelated to sport performance, then the period of Ineligibility shall be three months Ineligibility. In addition, the period of Ineligibility calculated under this Article 10.2.4.1 may be reduced to one month if the Athlete or other Person satisfactorily completes a Substance of Abuse treatment program approved by the Anti-Doping Organization with Results Management responsibility."
 
WADA's Prohibited List Expert Advisory Group (ListEG) has identified the following substances as Substances of Abuse in the 2021 Prohibited List.

  • Cocaine (S.6a – Non-specified Stimulants);
  • Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA / "ecstasy") (S.6b – Specified Stimulants);
  • Diamorphine (Heroin) (S.7 – Narcotics); and
  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) (S.8 – Cannabinoids).

The Guidance Note offers direction to Anti-Doping Organizations regarding application of Code Article 4.2.3.

Should you have any questions, or wish to provide feedback, please contact WADA's Science Department at: .
 
Best regards,
 
World Anti-Doping Agency

WADA REMINDS STAKEHOLDERS THAT THE 2021 WORLD ANTI-DOPING CODE, INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS AND ATHLETES' ANTI-DOPING RIGHTS ACT ARE NOW IN FORCE

logo en2xMontreal, 1 January 2021 – The World Anti-Doping Agency reminds stakeholders that, effective today, the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code (Code); the following International Standards (Standards); and, the Athletes' Anti-Doping Rights Act (Act) have entered into force. The documents, which were subject to a two-year stakeholder consultation process, were approved on 7 November 2019 during the Agency's World Conference on Doping in Sport that was held in Katowice, Poland. 

  1. International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS)
  2. International Standard for Education (ISE) (New)
  3. International Standard for Laboratories (ISL)
  4. International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information (ISPPPI)
  5. International Standard for Results Management (ISRM) (New)
  6. International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI)
  7. International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE)

As it relates to the International Standard for the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (Prohibited List), it is reviewed annually via a separate stakeholder consultation process; and, was published separately earlier today.
 
The 2021 Code, which follows on from previous versions that entered into effect in 2004, 2009 and 2015, includes a number of important changes to global anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) around the world. It works in conjunction with the eight Standards that foster consistency among ADOs in technical areas. The Athletes' Anti-Doping Rights Act, which was developed by WADA's Athlete Committee in consultation with thousands of athletes and stakeholders worldwide, is based on the 2021 Code and Standards and aims to ensure that athlete rights within anti-doping are clearly set out, accessible, and universally applicable.
 
WADA Director General, Olivier Niggli said: "WADA is grateful to its stakeholders worldwide, which contributed significantly to this strengthened World Anti-Doping Program that takes effect today. Beyond harmonizing and coordinating anti-doping programs worldwide, its purpose is to protect athletes' fundamental right to participate in doping-free sport and to promote health, fairness and equality for athletes worldwide. I am convinced that, by reinforcing our efforts as a united anti-doping community, this new Program will help us drive further progress for athletes and sport worldwide."
 
Code Implementation Support Program
 
WADA also wishes to draw your attention to the Agency's Code Implementation Support Program (CISP), which was launched on 4 May 2020 and provides resources to prepare Code Signatories and other stakeholders for implementation of the new Code and Standards. 
 
Obtaining printed copies of the Code
 
In keeping with WADA's sustainability efforts, in recent years the Agency has minimized print in favor of making its publications available digitally. However, given the importance of the Code, which will live for a number of years and be used on a daily basis by the Agency's stakeholders:

  • At the end of November, WADA mailed a limited quantity of printed English or French copies to Code Signatories;
  • The Agency has made English and French print-ready versions available on our website (as linked above) for stakeholders to print locally; and
  • We are putting a mechanism in place for stakeholders and others that may wish to purchase printed copies in English and/or French; regarding which, we will provide more information on our website in the coming days.

Should you have questions or feedback regarding the Code, the Standards and/or the Act, please contact ; or, questions or feedback related to CISP, please contact .

WAKO KICKBOXING AT THE EUROPEAN OLYMPIC GAMES, WAKO KICKBOXING IN THE EOC

Dear Friends,

european olimpics committeesI have exciting news for you. WAKO Kickboxing has been admitted to the 2023 European Olympic Games. There are no shorter or longer periods that pass without WAKO writing history, regarding either unity, number of people or success. We just have to remember the last competitions like the EUSA where WAKO participated for the first time with wonderful results.

As Acting President of the European Kickboxing Federation, I inform you of this news with great pleasure and happiness. When the three of us, Roy Baker, Tomaz Barada and I contacted Mr Janez Kocijančič in Slovenia, who was President of the European Olympic Committees – he sadly has since passed away, may he rest in peace – we did not think this dream would come true. Now the tremendous work and energy we all put into this together has finally proven to be fruitful and WAKO Kickboxing will be there at the European Olympic Games. Thank you Mr. President, Roy Baker and thank you Mr. Tomas Barada, Mrs. Katarzyna Kociszewska and thank you for all who have been working for it!!

We are all filled with pride and massive amounts of energies have started moving within the entire kickboxing community so that we can conclude our debut at the 2023 European Olympic Games with appropriate respect and great success. Let us celebrate together!

 

Go WAKO! Go WAKO Europe!

Istvan Kiraly
Acting President of WAKO Europe
Vice President of WAKO
 
 Mr Istvan Kiraly WAKO Europe Acting President

 

WADA PUBLISHES UPDATED THERAPEUTIC USE EXEMPTION APPLICATION FORM IN SUPPORT OF THE 2021 INTERNATIONAL STANDARD FOR THERAPEUTIC USE EXEMPTIONS

Montreal, 8 December 2020

Dear Colleagues,
 
logo en2xToday, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) publishes an updated template of the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) Application Form to support Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) in their implementation of the 2021 International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE), which comes into force on 1 January 2021. The French and Spanish versions will be published on WADA's website in the coming weeks. 

The updated TUE Application Form has been improved to assist athletes and their physicians with the TUE application process – including detailing the diagnoses and reasons behind the request for a TUE.

The Form may be modified by ADOs to include additional requests for information; however, no sections or items may be removed, including the new TUE Privacy notice. Similarly, ADOs may translate the Form into other languages; although, the existing English or French text must be retained. 

Should you have any questions regarding the Form, please feel free to contact WADA's Medical Department at: .

Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency

Fruitful meeting held between WAKO Europe and EUSA

An online meeting between the WAKO European Kickboxing Federation and the Sports Department of the European University Sports Association was held on Tuesday, November 24, as the two partner organisations discussed their respective activities.

WAKO Europe and EUSA have been official partners since 2017, when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two organisations on this very day, November 25, three years ago.

The virtual meeting allowed both EUSA and WAKO Europe to inform each other on their activities as well as future plans, ensuring each organisation was up to date with their partner’s events.

Present in the meeting on behalf of EUSA was Sports Manager Mr Besim Aliti and Sports Assistant Ms Lea Medvesek; WAKO Europe Secretary General Mr Srdjan Bugarcic as well as WAKO Technical Director and EUSA’s Technical Delegate for Kickboxing, Mr Romeo Desa.

kickboxing meeting

Following introductions from both federations, EUSA’s upcoming programme was discussed, following which an update was given regarding the fifth edition of the European Universities Games taking place in Belgrade, Serbia in July next year, where Kickboxing will feature as one of the official sports at the Games for the very first time.

The very first European Universities Kickboxing Championship took place in Zagreb, Croatia in 2019, with an impressive 237 participants from 101 different universities taking part in the maiden EUSA Kickboxing competition.

Upcoming milestones were then discussed, as dates for inspection visits, confirmation of venues and further meetings were agreed upon, after which the topic of conversation revolved around the current global COVID-19 pandemic, with possible adaptions and solutions to future events considered.

Both organisations will continually support and engage with each other in future events and activities while promoting Kickboxing among students in Europe, especially considering that registrations for next year’s Kickboxing competition at the European Universities Games are currently open.

Interested participants should contact their National University Sport Association, or visit www.eug2021.eu.

WAKO Europe HQ

Address:
Marsala Birjuzova 50
(Mr Srdjan Bugarcic),
11050 Belgrade, Serbia.

Contact phone:
+381 11 4066528
+381 63 289 322

Email:

Acting president
Mr. Istvan Kiraly
+ 36 309 400 935

Mr Istvan Kiraly WAKO Europe Acting President

Secretary
Srđan Bugarčić
+ 381 63 289 322
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Board
Istvan Kiraly (HUN)
Salim Kayici (TUR)
Francesca Falsoni (ITA)
Yury Filimonov (RUS)
Nikolaus Gstattner (AUT)
Katarszyna Kocisewska (POL)
Olga Pavlenko (UKR)
Daimi Akin (NOR)
Romeo Desa (HRV)
Tomaz Barada (SVN)
Michaela Kovacova (SVK)
Michail Trantafillou (GRC)

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