POA releases declaration for World Anti Doping Code 2021

LAHORE::The Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) said on Wednesday the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) has notified the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code, which will enter into force on 1st of January 2021.

“It contains certain specific roles and responsibilities that all NOCs must integrate into their rules and policies by the end of this year. In order to facilitate the implementation of these provisions,the ANOC has sent a declaration developed by WADA, which has to be signed by each NOC and returned to WADA and ANOC before 31 August 2020,” said Secretary, POA Muhammad Khalid Mahmood here.

In consultation with the POA Medical Commission and National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO), the Pakistan Olympic Association has signed and sent the Declaration 2021 World Anti-Doping Code by formally accepting the following:

Ensure that its anti-doping policies and rules conform with the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code (the Code) and the International Standards,

Require, as a condition of membership, that the policies, rules and programs of their National Federations and other members are in compliance with the Code and the International Standards, and take appropriate action to enforce such compliance;

Respect the autonomy of the National Anti-Doping Organization in its country and not interfere in its operational decisions and activities,

Recognize and comply with the anti-doping rules adopted by the National Anti-Doping Organization in its country,

require National Federations to report any information suggesting or relating to an anti-doping rule violation to its National Anti-Doping Organization and International Federation and to cooperate with investigations conducted by any Anti-Doping Organization with authority to conduct the investigation;

Require, as a condition of participation in the Olympic Games that, at a minimum, athletes who are not regular members of a National Federation be available for sample collection and provide whereabouts information as required by the International Standard for Testing and Investigations as soon as the athlete is identified on the long list or subsequent entry document submitted in connection with the Olympic Games;

Cooperate with its National Anti-Doping Organization and work with its government to establish a National Anti-Doping Organization where one does not already exist, provided that, in the interim, the National Olympic Committee or its designee shall fulfill the responsibility of a National Anti-Doping Organization;