Ensuring Fair Play: WADA’s Guide to Anti-Doping for Major Events

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has come out with new guidelines that seek to provide guidance to Anti-Doping Organisations (ADOs) on preparing and implementing anti-doping programmes for major events.

These guidelines have been divided into five sections, with weightage given to several key aspects involved in organising and executing such programmes. An overview of the anti-doping programme has been provided under Section 2, while Sections 3, 4, and 5 pertain to the planning phase, pre-games implementation of the plan, games-time period, and reporting and knowledge transfer, respectively. Notably, the guidelines envisage mandating participants to complete anti-doping education courses in the pre-implementation period. With respect to this strategy, reference was made to the e-learning course recommended by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for athletes attending the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.

WADA’s press release dated May 22, 2024, states that a webinar will soon be set up to explain the new guidelines to stakeholders.