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Successful WADA Conference concludes

The three-day (WADA) Conference closed successfully on Friday, 15 November 2013, ending with a declaration and adoption of the revised version of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, which will come into effect from 1 January 2014.

This revised Code will serve to offer the sporting community the best possible opportunity to tackle the scourge of doping that exists in sport.

Some of the main resolutions and points of emphasis in the revised Code included:

Protecting the clean athletes and ensuring a level playing field;
Stressing the need to increase and intensify the complementary and joint efforts by other stakeholders such as sports agents, coaches, medical and scientific personnel through their continuous involvement in anti-doping issues;
New resources and partners need to be mobilised in order to securefurther scientific research to strengthen the fight against doping in sport.
Insisting that all athletes and their entourage from every country and in all sports receive the anti-doping education.
Commending 176 countries that have ratified the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) convention against doping in sport as of 1 October, 2013 and encouraging remaining countries to follow suit.

The President of WADA, Mr John Fahey concluded by commending the Olympic Movement, government and delegates from the world over for their commitment and support in the compilation of the Revised Code.

Says Mr Fahey: We are now equipped with this set of rules on doping issues. Athletes can go forward and participate in sport knowing that they are protected against doping by a set of rules.

The challenge now is to implement the rules that we have compiled on paper.

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