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Montreal, 26 November 2019

Dear Colleagues,

logo en2xThe World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to publish the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and International Standards (Standards), which were approved by the Agency’s Executive Committee (ExCo) – as relates to the Standards – and Foundation Board (Board) – as relates to the Code – at the conclusion of WADA’s fifth World Conference on Doping in Sport on 7 November 2019. The 2021 Code and Standards are set to come into force on 1 January 2021.

[As regards the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL), the situation is slightly different. The new version approved in May 2019 will now be reviewed in order to reflect and incorporate any relevant changes into the Standard and to ensure consistency with the other documents that were approved during the World Conference. The amended draft will then be circulated for stakeholder consultation from 10 December 2019 to 4 March 2020; following which, it will be tabled at WADA’s September 2020 ExCo meeting for approval. It will subsequently enter into force on 1 January 2021, along with the revised Code and all other Standards.]

The Agency is also pleased to publish the Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act (previously known as the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights), which was also approved by WADA’s ExCo on 7 November. The 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.

The approved versions of the Code, Standards and Act will now be translated into French and branded; following which, the final versions will be published on WADA’s website in early 2020.

2021 Code Review Process

In December 2017, WADA initiated a 2021 Code Review Process, which consisted of three distinct consultation phases for the Code; two for the related Standards and one for the Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act. During this time, stakeholders had multiple opportunities to contribute and make recommendations on how to further strengthen the global anti-doping program.

Following the review process, stakeholders were invited to intervene publicly on the proposed Code and Standards during the World Conference – an opportunity which was taken up by over 70 stakeholder organizations – before the Code and the full suite of Standards were approved by the Board and ExCo respectively.

WADA is confident that the Review Process – which was reported upon on multiple occasions to the Agency’s ExCo and Board – was extensive and transparent. The Agency is grateful to all stakeholders for their high-quality feedback and to the drafting teams that have delivered on this momentous effort that will result in greater protection for Clean Sport.

WADA’s 2021 Code Implementation Stakeholder Support Program

On 18 October, WADA published a Development and Implementation Guide for Stakeholders, which summarizes matters of importance related to the Review Process; in particular:

  • the significant changes between the current 2015 Code and the 2021 Code;
  • the significant changes between the current Standards and the recently approved Standards; and
  • a summary of the key topics being addressed in the new Standards.

The Guide also touches upon WADA’s Stakeholder Support Program, which WADA will develop and coordinate with partners in 2020. Our aim is to assist Signatories in their adjustment to, and implementation of, the Code and the Standards that will enter into force on 1 January 2021.

More information related to the Support Program, including the resources that will be made available for Signatories, will be shared in 2020. In the meantime, should you have any questions regarding the above-mentioned documents, please feel free to contact: .

Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency



Montreal, 26 November 2019

Dear colleagues,

logo en2xWe are pleased to inform Anti-Doping Organizations that beginning tomorrow, 27 November, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) new Athlete Central Whereabouts app will be available for download and use from the Apple Store and Google Play.

As previously communicated, Athlete Central is WADA’s new App that will facilitate athlete compliance with Whereabouts rules under the global anti-doping program. Athlete Central will replace WADA’s current App that has been operational for a few years and required modernizing.

Athlete Central is the first module of WADA’s Anti-Doping and Administration Management System (ADAMS) ‘Next Gen’ project, which is one of WADA’s strategic priorities. The ‘Next Gen’ project intends to rebuild ADAMS in a way that better serves all athletes and anti-doping stakeholders going forward. It prioritizes mobility of ADAMS use, enhanced connectivity, reliability and performance, as well as general usability. Other modules are to follow, which WADA will communicate to you in due course.

In order to support the deployment of Athlete Central, we have prepared the following communications tools for Anti-Doping Organizations that can be leveraged via your communication channels.

  • Email Signatures – you can choose your preferred one, or alternate them
  • Promotional Poster – PDF version for print
  • Fact Sheet
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Images for your social media channels

You can download these tools by visiting the Athlete Central page of WADA’s website.

Should you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us at .

We would also very much welcome your and your athletes’ feedback about Athlete Central.

Thank you for your support and best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency



logo en2xParis, 30 October 2019 – The World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA's) incoming President, Witold Banka, and WADA's Director General, Olivier Niggli [pictured], were in Paris, France, this week to take part in the seventh UNESCO Conference of Parties (Conference) that is being held from 29-31 October. The Conference, which is a statutory session that takes place on a bi-annual basis, addresses issues regarding the implementation of the International Convention against Doping in Sport (the Convention) and other anti-doping matters.

The Convention, which was adopted in 2005, is the legal instrument through which Governments formalize their commitment to the World Anti-Doping Code (Code). With 188 States that have endorsed it, representing more than 99% of the global population, the Convention is the second most successful in UNESCO history in terms of the extent of ratification post-adoption.
Education, expanding the global legislative framework and strengthening the anti-doping movement's ties with law enforcement agencies around the world will be key ways in which the battle to protect clean sport will succeed, said Witold Banka in his speech.
"More and more, education is being identified as a priority in the protection of clean sport. The children of today will be the athletes, coaches, parents, teachers, doctors, anti-doping practitioners and Government ministers of tomorrow. We must expose them now to the values that will positively shape sport in the decades ahead. This is the foundation, not only for ethical sporting behavior but also for character development and good citizenship. We have a duty to help our young people learn this through values-based education programs," he said.
"For me, it's all about preserving, promoting and protecting. Together we can work to preserve the spirit of sport; to promote the values of clean sport that we are all so passionate about; and ultimately, we will protect the athletes and citizens we serve."
"WADA is often asked if we support the introduction of legislation to combat doping in sport. For sure, the cooperation between Governments and sports bodies can be improved further and WADA favors governments using their legislative powers to protect clean athletes in the fight against doping. We particularly welcome legislative measures to facilitate the sharing of information between Anti-Doping Organizations and law enforcement agencies in areas of mutual interest and also when it comes to the protection of whistleblowers. We have seen the benefits of this policy recently with a number of successful investigations involving WADA's Intelligence and Investigations team."
On day two of the Conference, under the theme 'The Right Way Together', Olivier Niggli took delegates through some of WADA's strategic priorities, in particular the development and implementation of the 2021 Code and associated International Standards, which will be discussed at WADA's World Conference on Doping in Sport to be held from 5-7 November in Katowice, Poland. He also addressed areas such as compliance monitoring, capacity building, education, intelligence and investigations, and ongoing management of the Russian doping issue.
In closing, WADA's Director General made an appeal to States Parties that they make every effort to comply with the UNESCO Convention. He said: "While Governments are not Signatories to the Code, it is important that they meet the expectations of them set out in the Code or face meaningful consequences – just like athletes and Code Signatories do when they fall short of expectations."
"Beyond this, Governments can certainly help curb the use of doping substances by strengthening the capacity of Anti-Doping Organizations, building awareness and offering more education and testing. They can also help curb the distribution of doping substances by strengthening legislation to allow for the sharing of information between law enforcement agencies and Anti-Doping Organizations, encouraging and protecting whistleblowers, and monitoring the distribution across borders."
About the Conference of Parties
The Conference of Parties has overall responsibility for implementation of the Convention. Its objectives include:

In addition to States Parties and other Member States of UNESCO, WADA is invited as an advisory organization to the Conference. The International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Council of Europe, the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport, and other intergovernmental sports organizations are also invited as observers.



Montreal, 8 October 2019

logo en2xDear Colleagues,
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announces the publication of the following new Technical Letters (TL) which were approved by WADA's Executive Committee (ExCo) at its meeting on 23 September 2019 in Tokyo, Japan:
TL-18: in-situ formation of testolactone
This new TL includes guidance regarding the interpretation and reporting of possible detection of testolactone in urine samples, which may result from the in-situ transformation of DHEA.
TL-19: in-situ formation of prednisone and prednisolone
This new TL includes clarification regarding the possible detection of prednisone and/or prednisolone in urine samples, which may result from the in-situ transformation of cortisone and cortisol, respectively.
TL-20: in-situ formation of specific substances with a steroid structure
This new TL includes clarification regarding the possible detection of Prohibited Substances with a steroid structure in urine samples, which may result from the in-situ transformation of endogenous steroids.
All WADA-accredited Laboratories are kindly requested to implement these three new Technical Letters with immediate effect.
About Technical Letters
WADA publishes Technical Letters on an ad-hoc basis in order to provide instruction and guidance to the WADA-accredited Laboratories, WADA-approved Laboratories for the Athlete Biological Passport and other stakeholders on particular issues related to the analysis, interpretation and reporting of results for specific Prohibited Substance(s) and/or Prohibited Method(s) or on the application of specific Laboratory procedures. Technical Letters are modified and/or withdrawn by WADA as deemed appropriate.
The Technical Letters constitute a WADA Laboratory standard document which supersedes any previous publication on a similar topic and becomes an integral part of the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL), and therefore the described technical recommendations are mandatory and shall be implemented as soon as possible after approval by WADA's ExCo and publishing on WADA's website.
A Technical Letter shall be applied to samples which are received by the Laboratory on and after the Technical Letter's effective date.
Previously issued Technical Letters are available and indexed on WADA's website.
Should you have any questions regarding the above Technical Letters, we kindly invite you to contact WADA's Science Department at .
Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency

WAKO Europe Board meeting

During the WAKO European Championships in Gyor it was organized WAKO  Europe Board of directors meeting chaired by Mr. Istvan Kiraly, WAKO Europe Acting President. The WAKO Europe Board of directors has made many for the future important decisions. Moving on more energized for the events in 2020 which will be qualifying for The World Games  Birmingham and Combat Games. The WAKO IF President Roy Baker who was present at the meeting as the Chairman of the Organizing Committee stressed the importance of WAKO participation at EUSA Combat Championships this year in Zagreb. For the  first time WAKO participated at the international multi sport event as IOC recognized sport.


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