Montreal, 21 February 2019
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announces that, following a circular vote of its Executive Committee (ExCo), the Agency has today removed the Nigerian National Anti-Doping Committee from the list of Signatories deemed non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code.
The Nigerian National Anti-Doping Committee was asserted non-compliant by WADA’s ExCo at its meeting of 14 November 2018 and this non-compliance became effective on 6 December 2018 after the Nigerian National Anti-Doping Committee chose not to challenge the assertion of non-compliance. Since then, the Nigerian National Anti-Doping Committee has implemented the corrective measures required to address its non-compliance, in cooperation with the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS).
The Nigerian National Anti-Doping Committee continues to work with SAIDS and WADA to further enhance its program.
World Anti-Doping Agency
Montreal, 21 February 2019
Further to our communication of 10 December 2018 regarding the above-referenced, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wishes to remind you that 4 March 2019 is the deadline to submit feedback for:
I. The third phase of the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code (Code) Review Process
II. The second phase of the International Standards (Standards) Review Process
III. The first phase of the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights (Charter)
The whole review process culminates with approval at WADA’s next World Conference on Doping in Sport, which is to be held in Katowice, Poland in November 2019; after which, the revised 2021 Code and Standards will take effect on 1 January 2021.
I. CODE REVIEW: THIRD REVIEW PHASE
The third review phase is of the second draft revised version of the Code that resulted from comments received from stakeholders during the second review phase. Accordingly, we attach:
- The Clean version of the Code (following the second review phase)
- Two Redline versions of the Code (Second draft v First draft and Second draft v Current Code)
- The Comments received from stakeholders during the second review phase
- The Summary of major proposed changes
II. INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS: SECOND REVIEW PHASE
In order to facilitate the review process, every Standard is listed below along with, where applicable, a Clean version, a Redline version, a Summary of major proposed changes and Comments received from stakeholders, all of which stem from the first round of consultation.
1. The International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE) is undergoing its first major review since 2015 – although there were minor updates in 2016 and 2018.
Following examination of stakeholder feedback, a revised version of the document was drafted and presented to WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo) in September 2018.
2. The International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS), which took effect on 1 April 2018.
3. The International Standard for Education (ISE), which is a new Standard that WADA’s Foundation Board (Board) approved for development in November 2017. A first draft was published for public consultation in June 2018 after it was presented to WADA’s ExCo and Board in May 2018. Following consideration of the public comments and input received through the Global Education Conference held in October 2018, a second draft is now ready for stakeholder feedback.
4. The International Standard for Results Management (ISRM), which is a new Standard. The first draft was presented to WADA’s ExCo and Board in November 2018 and is now being circulated for stakeholder consultation. This Standard will undergo a second consultation phase following the May 2019 ExCo and Board meetings.
5. The International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information (ISPPPI), which is the new version adopted by WADA’s ExCo in May 2018 to ensure alignment with the main principles of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation that came into force on 25 May 2018.
6. The International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI), which will undergo two full rounds of consultation. The ISTI was distributed for the first round of consultation with marked up text to two sections for reasons outlined below:
- Due to issues faced with sample collection equipment last year (2018), WADA appointed a small working group to enhance the criteria for equipment in the ISTI. Additional criteria have been included within Article 6.3.4 of a draft revised ISTI.
- Over the past few years, WADA has received input from stakeholders, particularly Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) experts and Athlete Passport Management Units (APMUs), which proposed changes to Annex L of the ISTI.
Following the first round of consultation on the ISTI, and consideration of all comments from stakeholders regarding changes to the above two sections of the Standard, WADA’s ExCo approved all proposed changes at their meeting in November 2018; and, the revised ISTI will come into effect on 1 March 2019.
7. The International Standard for Laboratories (ISL), which is a particular situation. It should be noted that a revised version (v.10.0) of the ISL was already circulated to WADA-accredited laboratories for comment from 2 March to 30 April 2018; and, a second version was circulated to all stakeholders from 14 July to 14 September 2018. This particular review of the ISL was triggered by some urgent changes that could not reasonably wait until 2021. However, the ISL v.10.0 was not approved by the WADA ExCo as presented at its meeting in November 2018. The ExCo requested that the ISL v.10.0 be subject to a further round of stakeholder consultation before it could be considered for approval in May 2019. If approved, it is foreseen that the ISL v.10.0 will come into force in late 2019. The ISL may then undergo further revision in 2020 to bring it in line with the 2021 Code.
8. The International Standard for the Prohibited List is not part of the review process as it is reviewed annually via a separate stakeholder consultation.
As is the case for the Code Review, each Standard has dedicated drafting teams comprised of senior WADA staff and external experts that act as the review secretariat.
[Note: At this point, the Code and Standard documents are available in English only.]
III. ANTI-DOPING CHARTER OF ATHLETE RIGHTS: FIRST AND ONLY REVIEW PHASE
The goal of the Charter, which has been developed by WADA’s Athlete Committee, is to clearly outline athlete rights with respect to the fight against doping in sport. While athletes’ responsibilities towards clean sport are set out in the Code, the Charter aims to further support athletes worldwide in their right to compete in clean, ethical and fair sport.
The Charter is a standalone document. This latest draft includes a section containing 'actual' rights and a section containing 'aspirational' rights, with the 'actual rights' being referenced to the relevant sections of the Code or the International Standards.
The idea of developing the Charter was first tested by WADA’s Athlete Committee at WADA’s Annual Symposium in March 2017. After being well received by Symposium participants, the Committee followed up by conducting a global athlete survey as to its desired content. Since then, the Charter has been presented for discussion and feedback at various WADA events in 2018; including, the 2018 Annual Symposium in March; the first Global Athlete Forum in June; the ExCo and Board meetings in November; and, the various meetings of the Code Drafting Team.
TO SUBMIT FEEDBACK
As indicated above, we would ask you to propose recommendations no later than 4 March 2019 via WADAConnect, the Agency’s online consultation platform. Easy to use, WADAConnect will prompt you to create a user account and input your comments regarding aspects of the Code and/or Standards and/or Charter that are of particular interest to you. For more information related to WADAConnect, please refer to the simple user guide.
Stakeholders are asked, to the extent possible, to draw on practical experiences and propose recommendations that would benefit the fight for clean sport worldwide. In addition, stakeholders are asked to be as specific and clear as possible when making submissions, i.e. by proposing text to replace the existing text.
Please note that, in the interest of transparency, WADA will publish all comments on its website at the end of each phase of the consultation process; and that, unless otherwise notified, stakeholder credentials (i.e. username, organization and organization type) will be posted along with the comments.
We look forward to receiving your feedback. The high quality of stakeholder feedback that was collected during the 2009 and 2015 Code Review Processes was instrumental to ensuring that the Code be strengthened over time in protection of clean sport.
World Anti-Doping Agency
Montreal, 20 February 2019
Further to our communications of 29 November, 19 December and 4 February, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wishes to remind you that the deadline to register for the 15th edition of its Annual Symposium, which will be held on Wednesday, 13 March, and Thursday, 14 March 2019, at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland, is 26 February.
Under the theme “Towards 2021 – Navigating the future together”, this year's Symposium will focus on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and International Standards review as we head towards November’s World Conference in Katowice, Poland. The event will also address the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights that is being developed by WADA’s Athlete Committee with the aim of including key principles within the 2021 Code.
Should you wish to register for the Symposium, please do so on the Symposium website by 26 February 2019. The website contains all relevant information regarding the event, including the detailed agenda and how to register.
Once registered, approved participants will receive a notification inviting them to download the delegate app. Via smartphone or tablet, the app will allow participants to access:
A personalized agenda with the session timings, locations and descriptions
A full list of participants
A floor plan and more event information
Also, delegates using the app will be able to add others to their “favorites” and can contact other participants directly to organize meetings in advance of the Symposium.
WADA encourages participants to make the most of this delegate app in order to maximize communications and networking opportunities in and around the event.
This year's Symposium will also feature a special one-and-a-half-day session for athletes and athlete representatives.
As outlined in the draft agenda, this session will include speakers, workshops and interactive information sessions dedicated to engaging and educating athletes. Important matters in anti-doping such as athlete representation within the anti-doping movement, the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights, the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS), and much more will be covered and discussed.
WADA wishes to encourage all Anti-Doping Organizations to promote this event to their athletes and athlete representatives.
Please note that once approved, registration for athletes will be free.
Please note that the deadline for booking Symposium-designated hotels at a preferential rate has passed. As the number of hotel rooms in Lausanne is limited, we strongly encourage you to book your accommodation as soon as possible by contacting Lausanne Tourisme.
WADA looks forward to welcoming participants in Lausanne.
World Anti-Doping Agency
Sam told us about how she feels about her recent win
"I have just attended the 8th World Para Taekwondo Championships in Antalya, Turkey and became a double world champion in the P33 Para-Poomsae category. I retained my World Title from London in 2017 and I feel totally elated. This has been possible due to my constant determination and perseverance to train hard to achieve to the best of my ability and encouragement and feedback from my coaches. This obviously pays off with me winning the world title for the 2nd time.
There has been a noticeable increase in participation within all P30 classes since London and I feel this will only get bigger and better from now on. 2 out of the 3 P30 GB athletes competed in the Worlds in Turkey, Lewis Currie in P31 and myself as a P33. Francesca who is a P34 was unable to attend due to GCSE exams. My future goals within Para-Taekwondo is to achieve my 4th Dan black belt this year and win more medals at competitions and improve my score to the highest I can.
I am hoping in the future that we get enough competitors so the CP classes can be broken down into age categories so it is fairer for athletes to compete rather than children competing against adults as it is now. The icing on the cake for my trip was reading the athletes oath at the opening ceremony and being introduced to the World Taekwondo President Dr Chungwon Choue."
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Introduction to Classification
What is classification?
Classification is defined as “grouping athletes into sport classes according to how much their impairment affects fundamental activities in each specific sport and discipline” (November 2015 IPC Athlete Classification Code, art. 2.1).
What is it purpose of classification?
Classification provides a structure for competition. Athletes competing in Para sports have an impairment that leads to a competitive disadvantage. Consequently, a system has to be put in place to minimise the impact of impairments on sport performance and to ensure the success of an athlete is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus. This system is called classification.
Is there one classification system for all sports?
No, each International Sports Federation or Para Sport must have and publish their own classification system. For example, the classification system and classes for swimming will be different for those in athletics, boccia or sailing. This is because each sport is different and, therefore, the effect of the impairment on each sport will be different.
How is it performed?
Will I be classified more than once?
At international level, an athlete will normally receive a confirmed classification after their first competition. The exceptions to this are where athletes may not have reached physical maturity or they are new to the sports and lack technical maturity in the sport.
Athletes who have a progressive condition will never receive a confirmed classification because their condition may change. These athletes may be seen by a classification panel at every international competition or they may be given a fixed review which means they will be seen by a panel at a fixed date in the future e.g. every two years.
If an athlete’s medical condition changes or they have undergone a medical procedure or operation, they can request to be re-classified if they feel their ability to perform in their sport has changed.
How do I get classified?
The best way of getting classified is to approach your national disability sport organisation, your national Paralympic Committee or the national governing body which governs your Para Sport. They will advise you on the best way forward.
I want to be a classifier, how can I become one?
To be a classifier, you need a medical background or have a technical knowledge of the specific sport or sport science. If you have such qualifications and want to get involved you should contact your National Paralympic Committee or National Governing body for the sport you are interested in. If you have any problems finding the appropriate pathway, you contact us at email@example.com.
Where can I find further information?
Further detail on the (complex) matter of classification in the Paralympic Movement is available from the IPC website: https://www.paralympic.org/classification.