New World Anti-Doping Code in effect January 1, 2015 – Canada will be ready

September 10, 2014
Soccer players close in on the ball

The new World Anti-Doping Code will come into effect on January 1, 2015. The consultation and review process has been long and thorough. Nearly 200 countries, 70 odd international sport organizations, the International Olympic Committee and their member National Olympic Committees around the world, and over 75 national anti-doping organizations have provided input. The collective experience and expertise of all of these stakeholders, including most importantly the athletes themselves, has created a Code that represents our best defence against doping in sport.

Here in Canada, the consultation period for implementation of our version of the Code, the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), has just ended. Members of the Canadian sport community provided valuable feedback to the various drafts of the 2015 CADP.

The implementation of the 2015 CADP will ensure that Canadian sport is compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. Adoption of the CADP by Canadian sport governing bodies will allow Canadian athletes to compete in internationally sanctioned events here in Canada and around the world.

It has been no small feat to revise the Code and to develop an implementation plan for the CADP in Canada. Ensuring the basic human rights of all athletes, while at the same time protecting those athletes’ rights to fair and safe sport, free from doping, has required both sensitivity and pragmatism. The costs to implement the Code in Canada are significant. But the costs associated with not implementing the CADP are much greater. We would risk the health and safety of athletes, the reputation of sport organizations and our ability to participate in international events.

Based on feedback received from the Canadian sport community, we are making final changes to the implementation plan for the 2015 CADP. We are in the home stretch and with the implementation of the 2015 CADP, Canadian sport will be fairer and safer.