|Montreal, 29 May 2020
On 13 December 2019, in connection with the launch of its 2021 Code Signatory Support Program, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced publication, in English, of its 2021 Model Rules for Code Signatories (Model Rules), which are intended to help National Anti-Doping Organizations, International Federations, Major Event Organizations and National Olympic Committees in drafting their new anti-doping rules in line with the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code (Code). These Model Rules have since been made available in French as well.
In order to ensure that anti-doping rules continue to be harmonized worldwide, which is critical to providing athletes with a level playing field, all Code Signatories are required to have drafted and adopted anti-doping rules in line with the 2021 Code by 1 January 2021. Therefore, today, WADA wishes to remind all Signatories that have not yet done so to take action as soon as possible; and, to send their draft anti-doping rules to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once received, WADA will verify the rules to ensure that they are in line with the 2021 Code; provide feedback if they are not; and ultimately, approve them before the Signatory starts its internal process of adoption of the rules.
WADA is required to address cases where Code Signatories do not have anti-doping rules in line with the 2021 Code by 1 January 2021 as potential instances of non-compliance.
Thank you for your cooperation and best regards,
World Anti-Doping Agency