— Published 18 January 2022

Eleven names removed from the watch list


The year 2022 is off to a good start for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The Montreal-based organisation has announced that it has removed 11 national anti-doping organisations (NADOs) from its compliance “watch list”. They have all corrected their irregularities in relation to the World Anti-Doping Code before their respective four-month deadline. Ten of them had been given a four-month period until 14 January 2022 to make the necessary improvements: the Belgian Flemish, French and Brussels communities, Greece, Iran, Latvia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Uzbekistan. An eleventh national anti-doping agency, in Montenegro, was also removed from the list after successfully addressing its irregularities by a deadline of 28 February 2022. In essence, the unenviable situation of these organisations was related to irregularities in their anti-doping programmes and/or lack of full implementation of the 2021 Code in their legal systems. To date, only four national anti-doping agencies remain non-compliant, in North Korea, Indonesia, Russia and Thailand respectively. But the NADOs in Indonesia and Thailand are in the process of reinstatement.