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WADA Code 2015 – what are some the key areas of change?

20 June 2014

Recent media coverage of drugs and supplement use in football is a timely reminder that the new WADA World Anti-Doping Code will come into effect on January 1, 2015. A large number of revisions have been made to the 2009 Code. Here is a sample:

  • Tougher penalties for "real cheats" while allowing more flexibility in other circumstances.
  • Athletes are no longer entitled to a reduced punishment in return for an early plea.
  • Greater attention paid to the individual human rights of athletes and the proportionality of offences.
  • An expectation of increased co-operation from sporting organisations to assist with WADA's investigation of infringements.
  • An extension of the statute of limitations from 8 years to 10 years.
  • Greater reach of WADA to target athlete support personnel who are involved in doping violations.

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