Anti-Doping News: UNESCO Convention
The ITU Newsletter has been focusing on the differences on the anti-doping changes in the World Anti-doping Agency Code from 2003 and the current 2009 WADA Code.
Another change between the old World Anti-doping Agency Code and the 2009 WADA Code is that the revised Code has responsibilities to the UNESCO Convention. According to WADAs Play True magazine (Issue 3-2008) the revised Code stipulates that, in accordance with the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport, the International Olympic Committee will only accept bids for the Olympic Games from countries where the government has ratified, accepted, approved or acceded to the UNESCO Convention and where the National Olympic Committee (NOC), National Paralympic Committee (NPC) and National Anti-doping Organization (NADO) are in compliance with the Code (Article 20.1.8).
Starting on January 1, 2010, International Federations and Major Games Organizers will do everything possible to only award World Championships or major games to countries where the government has ratified, accepted, approved or acceded to the UNESCO Convention and where the NOC, NPC and NADO are in compliance with the Code (Articles 20.3.10 and 20.6.6).
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