International Convention against Doping in Sport

19 October 2005 – Paris, France

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The Convention helps to harmonize anti-doping legislation, guidelines, regulations, and rules internationally in order to provide a fair and equitable playing environment for all athletes.

In the highly competitive arena of elite level supports, athletes and their teams are under increasing pressure to win from the public, their governments and themselves. This issue is not limited to elite athletes, young people and amateur sports are also being drawn in. It jeopardises the values, ethics and integrity of sport; as well as the health of those involved.

This #Convention was

?    Adopted by UNESCO

?    Signed by the UK

?    Passed as UK law

?    Ratified

The UK ratified the International Convention against Doping in Sport in 2006, and it entered into force for the UK on February 01 2007. This meant it that became enshrined in the laws of the UK from this date onwards.


“Please, compete in the spirit of fair play, mutual understanding and respect. And above all, please compete cleanly by refusing doping”

Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (2001 – 2013)


?   The #Convention summarised

Through ratification, the UK benefits from international cooperation in efforts to protect ethics and integrity in sport, as well as international standards on prohibited substances and methods. The Convention provides a fair and equitable environment for UK athletes and others from across the world to compete in.

Entering into force on 01 February 2007, the Convention has since become the most successful in the history of UNESCO in terms of the speed of ratification after adoption. It is now the second most ratified of all the UNESCO treaties over the past 75 years, with 189 States Parties.

The convention provides assistance to some States Parties for the implementation of the commitments they make as a signatory to the convention. This mechanism is called the Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport and is a mechanism that allows States Parties to design and implement specific anti-doping capacity-building, education and other policy projects.

It also helps to promote and ensure the effectiveness of the World Anti-Doping Code. This document applies only to sports organizations – and the convention provides the legal framework under which governments can address specific areas.

As required by the Convention, each States Party must submit a national report every two years concerning measures taken by them for the purpose of complying with the convention.

In its totality, the convention provides the most comprehensive and cooperative framework in the world for providing an equitable and competitive environment for athletes; at both the elite and amateur levels.

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