— Published 15 June 2022

NADOs mobilise

The international anti-doping community is mobilising. No less than 13 national anti-doping organisations (NADOs) have signed a joint declaration of guiding principles. It was published on Tuesday 14 June. The signatories justify the move by the “threats to the legitimacy and credibility of the anti-doping community“. The document aims to “ensure the quality and leadership of the global movement for doping-free sport.” Among the proposed guiding principles, the first emphasises the need to give the voice of athletes a “prominent place in the fight against doping, reflecting their importance and showing due respect for the responsibilities they assume on behalf of clean sport“. NADO leaders also want to improve deterrence, targeted programmes and athlete engagement. They emphasise good governance of all organisations involved in the fight against doping as “a prerequisite for a credible and trustworthy anti-doping community“. Finally, they suggest that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) must be “strong and independent“. The joint statement is signed by the national anti-doping agencies of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.