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February 3/12 12:05 pm - CCES Conducting Anti-Doping Rule Review and Consultation

Posted by Editoress on 02/3/12

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) is leading Canada’s national response to a full anti-doping rule review. Your feedback is vital to this important process. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has begun a year-long consultation on the World Anti-Doping Code and international standards, which harmonized the fight against doping for all countries and sports when they came into effect eight years ago.

This affects you! The Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), the set of rules that govern doping control in Canada, will be revised during 2014 to remain compliant with the new Code. National sport organizations that have signed on to run their programs in accordance with CADP rules will need to re-adopt, and as a result, athletes will be subject to these new rules when they come into effect in 2015.

We are now collecting input and suggestions. We hope to hear from athletes, national sport organizations, professional sport leagues, others involved in sport, as well as the public at large.

Are you interested in helping shape the future of drug-free sport? Do you have specific opinions about the way doping control is conducted? Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to prevent sport from becoming a competition among chemists? Then take our survey!

Between now and February 29th, using our online survey, you have the opportunity to weigh in on all aspects of the anti-doping rules. We greatly value your input for the fullness it will lend to the Canadian submission, but also as an indication of your commitment to the program. All comments will be fully reviewed and considered by the CCES for inclusion in a common Canadian position to be submitted to WADA on March 15th.

The survey provides food for thought in the form of a series of questions, and will take between five minutes and an hour depending on how much you have to say. Some questions are quite specific, but there is also room for your own original thoughts and general comments. The survey is organized around the Canadian Anti-Doping Program to maintain a familiar context, but you can also make reference to specific Code articles if you prefer.

WADA’s schedule is staggered, starting with the framework and moving later into specifics. However, the CCES is soliciting comments now on the entire program to avoid confusion. You will see further communication about this review process from us as follows:

• March 15, 2012: Canadian sport community’s comments sent to WADA
• August 31, 2012: Opportunity to further input on specific areas
• January 15, 2013: Possible opportunity to further input on specific areas
• November 2013: Final 2015 World Anti-Doping Program revealed at International Conference on Doping in Sport
• 2014: Canadian Anti-Doping Program revision process
• January 2015: New anti-doping rules come into effect

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport is an independent, national, not-for-profit organization. We recognize that true sport can make a great difference for individuals, communities and our country. We are committed to working collaboratively to activate a values-based and principle-driven sport system; protecting the integrity of sport from the negative forces of doping and other unethical threats; and advocating for sport that is fair, safe and open to everyone.

Courtesy CCES


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