WADA Publishes Final Version of 2021 Anti-Doping Code, Standards


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Tuesday published its 2021 Anti-Doping Code and its International Standards, both applicable Jan. 2, 2021.

Preliminary versions of the rules, approved by WADA’s Foundation Board and Executive Committee meetings last year, were made public Nov. 26, 2019.

Among the changes to the WADA code are housekeeping for formatting state. The code adds “attempted complicity” to the “aggravating circumstances which may increase the period of ineligibility” section and clarifies “substances” to include “substances or methods”. The same applies for most of the categories of the International Standards.

This release of resources also includes the new International Standard for Education. The full resources are available in English and French, WADA’s official languages, while the summary documents are available in English only.

From the release:

It is important to note that none of these limited changes affect in any way the sense, meaning or interpretation of the versions approved in Katowice (last November). Rather, they were required to:

  • adapt and align clauses to changes approved in other clauses;
  • remove inconsistencies;
  • correct references to other Code or International Standards articles; and
  • make grammatical and formatting modifications.

All the links to the new WADA documentation are available here.