By John Wendt, republished from the UST Newsroom‘s Weigh-In feature.
Most of us can agree that in the hyper-competitive world of international athletic competition – where every athlete is looking for an edge – sports must adhere to a strict standard of ethics and fair play by all. But the world of Anti-Doping testing and arbitration – those entities that are responsible for maintaining these competitive standards – represent a complex system that extends far beyond individual sports and borders.
After the 1998 Tour de France scandals, the first World Conference on Doping in Sport was convened, and there was a call for an independent international agency to “harmonize and marshal the global fight against doping in sport.”
As a result, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was created to reinforce the ethical principles that are described in the Olympic Charter. With transparency and input from all stakeholders, the WADA developed the World Anti-Doping Code, which was adopted in 2003. (more…)