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Lebanon becomes 191st country to ratify UNESCO Anti-Doping Convention



Montreal, 26 November 2020 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce that Lebanon has become the 191st State Party to ratify the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport (UNESCO Convention). This leaves just four countries worldwide that have yet to complete their ratification of the UNESCO Convention.
WADA President Witold Bańka said: “I would like to congratulate the Lebanese Government for this serious demonstration of commitment to anti-doping. The UNESCO Convention allows Governments of the world to align their domestic laws and policies with the World Anti-Doping Code, which in turn creates synergy between the rules governing anti-doping in sport and national legislation. Therefore, whenever a country ratifies the Convention, it further strengthens the global system and is a cause for celebration.
“Almost all Governments of the world have now pledged their support to the Convention and it is vitally important that they implement it effectively in their respective countries for the good of athletes everywhere. With the addition of Lebanon, it leaves just one nation in Asia and four in total across the globe yet to sign up. We continue to work hard to ensure that the others do so in the near future, enabling us to bring all the Governments of the world together in this way, united in the protection of clean sport.”
The Convention, which was adopted on 19 October 2005, is the practical instrument by which governments formalize their commitment to the fight against doping. Under UNESCO standards, the Convention has set records in terms of the speed with which it was prepared, adopted and ratified.
See the complete list of countries that have ratified the UNESCO Convention.

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the international independent organization created in 1999 to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its forms. The Agency is composed and funded equally by the sports movement and governments of the world. Its key activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capacities and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code - the document harmonizing regulations regarding anti-doping in all sports and all countries.