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Montreal, 4 March 2020

logo en2xDear Colleagues,The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce that – further to the amendments made to the Technical Document for Sport Specific Analysis (TDSSA) following the stakeholder consultation process conducted in 2019 – it has developed an online application system for Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) to apply for flexibility in the implementation of the Minimum Levels of Analysis (MLAs) for the sports and disciplines contained within the TDSSA. An ADO can qualify for flexibility in the implementation of the TDSSA MLAs based on the following two scenarios:

  • The implementation of a haematological module of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP); and
  • Other non-ABP related criteria e.g. prioritization of target testing, collaboration with other ADOs, use of intelligence in the implementation of an ADO's anti-doping program, etc*.

The application process is located within the Code Compliance Center (CCC – previously the Code Compliance Questionnaire) platform through which ADOs are required to answer a number of questions against set criteria (listed in Article 6 of the TDSSA) as well as upload supporting documents – including their Risk Assessments, Test Distribution Plans and Registered Testing Pools. On completion of the application, and based on the answers to the questions, ADOs will receive a pre-approved level of flexibility (up to a maximum of 50%) for the implementation of the MLAs for the sports or disciplines they seek flexibility for. This pre-approved flexibility is subject to review by WADA. ADOs that are interested in applying for flexibility in the implementation of the MLAs should contact WADA to outline their intentions at . WADA will subsequently open access to the online application by sending an "Invitation Notification" to interested ADOs. For more information, ADOs are encouraged to read the Application for Flexibility User Guide before contacting WADA.Revised TDSSA Testing GuidesTo further support implementation of version 5.0 of the TDSSA, WADA would like to remind ADOs to utilize the updated Testing Guides for Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents (ESAs)Growth Hormone (GH) and Growth Hormone Releasing Factors (GHRFs). ADOs are encouraged to consult these Guides to support their testing strategies when applying analysis for these categories of substances within the scope of the TDSSA.Should you have any questions relating to the above, please do not hesitate to contact .Best regards,World Anti-Doping Agency

* The full list of non-ABP related criteria can be found in TDSSA Article 6.2.


logo en2xMontreal, 20 February 2020

Dear Colleagues,
[International Federations (IFs) and National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs)]
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wishes to update you regarding the 3 February announcement of the China Anti-Doping Agency's (CHINADA's) temporary suspension of their testing program on mainland China due to the new coronavirus, also known as Covid-19.
WADA has been closely monitoring the situation and is in regular contact with CHINADA to maintain the integrity of the anti-doping program in China. To that end, we are pleased to inform you that CHINADA has advised that it will resume testing missions within China this week, on a phased basis. Priority will be given to testing elite level athletes from higher-risk categories and sports.
The safety of athletes and sample collection personnel involved in the doping control process within China is a key priority. This needs to be balanced with the importance of ensuring that Chinese athletes remain subject to a rigorous testing program for the duration of the coronavirus situation.
While sample collection will resume this week, CHINADA has implemented a supplementary set of doping control guidelines to be followed during this period. These additional guidelines for CHINADA Doping Control Officers (DCOs) are designed as a precaution, to minimize the risk of infection. CHINADA will gradually expand the testing scope based on the progress of China's epidemic prevention and control while also monitoring the whereabouts of Chinese athletes to maintain the integrity of the doping control system.
The enhanced DCO guidelines include the following:

  • DCOs selected to conduct missions shall be those that have no travel records, no contact with people from affected areas or suspect areas.
  • DCOs are required to monitor their health for 14 days and undertake medical screening from a hospital prior to being appointed to missions.
  • Each sports training centre will prepare a sterile room to be used for doping control.
  • DCOs shall wear a medical protective mask and gloves throughout the whole procedure and change for each athlete tested.
  • Athletes and their representatives are also required to wear medical protective equipment.
  • CHINADA has set up a 'Doping Control and Epidemic-Prevention Experts Panel', consisting of anti-doping experts and anti-epidemic specialists in clinical medicine. DCOs have been trained in anti-epidemic procedures and shall report to this panel after each testing mission.

CHINADA will shortly make contact with those Anti-Doping Organizations that have the right to collect samples from Chinese athletes in China and, under this strict protocol, is willing to accept missions from those organizations, in addition to those organized by CHINADA under its own program, at the sports training centers where testing will begin. 
While testing on mainland China was temporarily suspended, it should be noted that CHINADA had continued to plan and conduct testing on Chinese athletes training and competing outside of China. In January 2020, CHINADA conducted more than 1,200 tests, including 114 urine samples and 80 blood samples from Chinese athletes training abroad. A further 165 urine samples and 113 blood samples are planned to be collected in February across seven countries and nine Olympic sports.
For IFs
To supplement CHINADA's testing outside China, WADA calls on all IFs to further support this effort by considering testing Chinese athletes that are competing in your international events. In addition, we strongly encourage those IFs that have Chinese athletes in your Registered Testing Pools to monitor their whereabouts closely to ensure that if there are opportunities to test those athletes outside of China, such testing opportunities are seriously considered. For testing on athletes located inside China, please contact CHINADA.
To supplement CHINADA's testing outside of China, WADA calls on all NADOs to further support this effort by offering your assistance to conduct testing on Chinese athletes that may be training in your country. This can be done by contacting CHINADA or through your own initiative. As a reminder, under the World Anti-Doping Code, your NADO is permitted to test foreign athletes that are training in your country. 
WADA thanks you for your collaborative effort and support during this difficult situation and commits to updating you as the situation progresses further.
Should you have any queries on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact .
World Anti-Doping Agency

WAKO Activity Calendar 2020 -update 28/02/2020

WAKO LogoDear WAKO members,

Please find here below attached the WAKO activity Calendar 2020 (updated at 28/02/2020).
We would like to remind you some of the main events taking place during the year 2020 in the five continents as follows:

WAKO Oceania Championship 2020
Canberra, Australia, from 17th to 19th April 2020

WAKO African Championship 2020 (Full contact and Low Kick)
Yaounde, Cameroun, from 21st to 26th April 2020

5th European Universities Games 2020
Belgrade, Serbia, from 21st to 25th July 2020

WAKO African Championship 2020 (K-1 and Tatami Sports)
, South Africa, 25th-26th July 2020

WAKO Cadets & Juniors World Championships (All disciplines)
Belgrade, Serbia, from 21st to 30th August 2020

WAKO Asian Championship 2020
South Korea, October 2020
(dates and place to be confirmed)

WAKO Senior & Master European Championships (All disciplines)
Antalya, Turkey, from 10th to 18th October 2020

WAKO PanAmerican Championship 2020
Foz do Iguacu, Brasil, from 11th to 15th November 2020

Following WAKO rules and regulations the eligibility for the participation is reserved only to WAKO national Federation/Association members that have fulfilled all the obligations in that year (including payment of the annual affiliation fee to WAKO IF).

In case of any change or update to be made to the Calendar please contact:

For advertising material (poster, invitation ecc.) about your event already present on Calendar to be published on WAKO website please send it to:

IMPORTANT: please send the poster in high resolution and possibly both in vertical and horizontal format.

Thanks for cooperation,

best regards

WAKO Administration


WAKO Calendar 2020 - update 28.02.2020 (452 KB)

Sport should guarentee a healthy environment for sportswomen

VC3A9roniqueLebarRespect and protection of women’s rights are essential for building a peaceful and inclusive society. Sport should uphold this by fighting against discrimination, mistreatment and abuse. Violence is real and exists all the way up the ladder. The scandal in American gymnastics has raised this subject to become of global media importance. Other recent cases have reinforced the impression that the floodgates have opened, and victims have found the courage to speak out. But in reality, the law of silence continues to prevail in the sports world. It carries a lot of weight. Fighting it requires determination and resources that the vast majority of victims do not have.

Nevertheless, the fight against abuse, mistreatment and discrimination in sport is starting to get organized. In France, an association of volunteers called the Ethics and Sport Committee has undertaken to tackle the problem. It was founded seven years ago. I started it along with others. Its creation in 2012 was needed to fill an immense gap: there wasn’t a single structure capable of helping and supporting victims. They were alone. They are not anymore.

The path has been long, and it remains tortuous. And we are far from seeing the end. But now, resources and tools exist to help victims. Above all, there are concrete solutions. They go beyond the framework of observation and pretty words. The most immediate has been the opening of a hotline for people in the sports world – players, referees, even coaches and managers – victims or witnesses of abuse or discrimination. It operates 7 days a week, between 8 am and 10 pm. A doctor answers questions on the other end of the line. He listens, reassures, and advises. He can direct the caller to a regional office, in order to quickly set up a meeting with another professional, in particular, a psychologist or lawyer. We work as a team. Together, we study the victim’s case to offer them personalized help and support.

But we don’t stop there. There is a dedicated centre for children. A pediatrician member of our association is the advisor. We’re currently working on an app to help young people, especially teenagers, to find answers to their questions and ways to reach us. We can act as the plaintiff if there’s a lawsuit. As a court case procedure is often long, we support victims along the way with sessions of group and dance-therapy. We intervene in clubs and communities, to inform managers, staff and parents about the tools available for psychological, medical and legal support. What should you do in cases of ill-treatment? How can you react to a case of sexual abuse? How can you protect yourself? How can you solve the problem of changing rooms and showers in a local club with limited financial means? We can provide clear answers and concrete solutions for all these questions.

The way ahead is still long. It needs resources. Above all, public authorities must become more aware of the problem. Today, cases that are sent to government ministries never come back. They don’t even get an answer. Governments must show its political resolve to tackle the problem head-on. The fight against abuse, mistreatment, and discrimination for the creation of a more peaceful and inclusive society won’t be won without it.


Véronique Lebar
President Ethics and Sport Committee
Peace and Sport


logo en2xMontreal, 23 January 2020 – Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA's) Executive Committee (ExCo) held an extraordinary meeting that was graciously hosted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland. Welcomed by IOC President Thomas Bach, the 12 members of the ExCo discussed in particular the appointment of five new WADA Standing Committee Chairs, as well as a number of other topics including the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) compliance case, the provisional suspension of the Moscow Laboratory, and consideration of WADA's new Strategic Plan for 2020-24.
In his first ExCo meeting as WADA President, Witold Bańka said: "It is very encouraging to see the high level of commitment expressed by the ExCo members around the table today. The Agency is at an important stage, beginning a new era. As we continue to implement major governance reforms and to develop a forward-looking Strategic Plan, I am confident we will face our challenges effectively for the promotion of the values of clean sport and the protection of athletes around the world."
Appointments of Standing Committee Chairs
With the terms of the Chairs of WADA's five Standing Committees having come to an end on 31 December 2019 (except for the Compliance Review Committee, whose Chair remained in place until this ExCo meeting to ensure continuity of the CRC activities), the ExCo approved the following new Chair appointments with immediate effect:

  1. Athlete Committee: Ben Sandford, New Zealand
  2. Education Committee: Kady Kanouté Tounkara, Mali
  3. Health, Medical and Research Committee: Lars Engebretsen, Norway
  4. Finance and Administration Committee: Ser Miang Ng, Singapore
  5. Compliance Review Committee (CRC): The Hon. James Wood, Australia

[Biographical information regarding the new Chairs can be found here.]
Mr. Bańka said: "WADA welcomes the new Standing Committee Chairs to these important advisory roles within WADA. It is clear that the Agency is acquiring a depth of experience and knowledge in their areas of expertise, including from two former elite athletes, which we and Clean Sport will benefit from significantly. We are grateful for their commitment and look forward to working with them in their new roles."
The Standing Committees, which report into the ExCo, act as advisory committees to WADA, providing guidance for the Agency's programs. Before being appointed by the ExCo, all candidates to the positions of Chairs of these committees were subject to a robust and independent process of review and assessment by WADA's inaugural Nominations Committee. The Nominations Committee stemmed from the Agency's governance reforms endorsed by the Board in November 2018.
As it relates to the vacant seats on the Standing Committees, the Committee Chairs will now consider the applications for vacant seats in their respective Committees with WADA's President and Director General and propose members for consideration and endorsement by the ExCo via circular vote in February/March 2020.
Concerning other governance matters, the Nominations Committee provided recommendations to the ExCo with respect to the profiles expected for the two independent members that will join the ExCo later this year, with the objective of complementing the existing characteristics and skills of the current members. Candidates for these two seats will be nominated respectively by Governments and the Sport Movement, vetted by the Nominations Committee, and ultimately appointed by the Board at its meeting in May.
RUSADA Compliance
The ExCo members received an update on the compliance case against RUSADA from the outgoing Chair of the CRC, Jonathan Taylor. As communicated on 9 January, WADA filed a formal request for arbitration with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to resolve the dispute. From then, third parties had 10 days to apply to intervene in the matter, under the terms of Article 23.5.7 of the World Anti-Doping Code. The process is now in the hands of CAS and once a panel is nominated and issues timelines, WADA will file a full brief without delay, in accordance with the rules.
The ExCo was also updated on the Chair's decision, announced on 22 January, to provisionally suspend the WADA-approved status of the Moscow Laboratory, pending formal disciplinary action. This provisional suspension prohibits the Moscow Laboratory from carrying out any work related to the analysis of blood samples in connection with the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) program.
WADA's 2020-24 Strategic Plan
In addition, the ExCo was updated on the development of a new WADA Strategic Plan for 2020-24 and provided feedback to WADA Management with the objective of submitting this plan for approval by the Board at its meeting in May. The plan will form the basis of WADA's strategic activities over the next five years as it continues to lead a collaborative worldwide movement for doping-free sport

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