The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to publish, in French and English, the final edited version of the Athletes' Anti-Doping Rights Act (the statement).
The purpose of this Declaration, which has been developed by the WADA Athlete Committee for two and a half years in consultation with thousands of athletes and other stakeholders around the world and is based on the World Anti-Doping Code 2021 (the Code) and associated International Standards which will come into force on 1er January 2021, is to clearly state the rights of all athletes to participate in doping-free sporting activities, and to ensure that these rights are accessible and universally applicable. This document was approved by the WADA Executive Committee on November 7, 2019 at the World Conference on Doping in Sport, held in Katowice, Poland.
Developed by athletes for athletes, the Declaration emphasizes rights set forth in the 2021 Code and the International Standards for equal opportunities, testing programs, medical treatment, justice, accountability, education and data protection, in particular. It also contains recommendations on the rights of athletes to be part of a system free from corruption, to be adequately represented in governance and decision-making, and to access legal aid.
“We are extremely grateful to all the athletes and other stakeholders who have contributed to the development of the Athlete Anti-Doping Bill of Rights,” said WADA Athlete Committee Chairman Ben Sandford. It is crucial that athletes and anti-doping organizations know the rights of athletes, know where to find them and can act in case of non-compliance. We hope that this Declaration will be a useful resource for athletes and help to make sport cleaner and fairer. We now call on the international anti-doping community to support its implementation and its promises. "
"WADA is an athlete-centered organization and everything we do is aimed at protecting their right to clean sport," added WADA President Witold Bańka, a former international 400m runner. I salute the efforts of the Athletes Committee which led to the Declaration of Anti-Doping Rights for Athletes. This document will help them to be aware of and exercise their rights, which is crucial for the success of clean sport. "
The Declaration has two parts. The first part sets out rights which are contained in the Code and the International Standards. Part XNUMX contains recommended rights, which are not part of the Code or Standards, but which athletes recommend that anti-doping organizations adopt as good practice.