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    The World Anti-Doping Code 

    The World Anti-Doping Code (the Code) was first adopted in 2004 and is the document that harmonises regulations regarding anti-doping across all sports and all countries. 

    The Code was never designed to be a document that stood still. As anti-doping developed, so would the ideas that would form future rules, regulations and policies. The fully collaborative review process involves the whole anti-doping community, all of whom seek to strengthen the Code for the benefit of athletes around the world.  

    WADA began its third review of the Code in 2017. This was finalised in November 2019. The 2021 World Anti-Doping Code came into effect on 1 January 2021. 

    Adopting the Code in Australia

    Changes to the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code requires updates to the Anti-Doping policies adopted by Australian sports.

    For athletes and others involved in sport, it is important to understand the changes and how they affect you. 


    Summary of Code changes

    To help explain the changes to the World Anti-Doping Code we have produced a poster summarising the main changes.

    For further information on the changes read on using the following drop down headings.



    2021 Code changes webinar to sports

    In October and November 2020, Sport Integrity Australia ran 2 webinars to inform sports of the key changes in the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code and how these changes would be reflected in their anti-doping policies. The following video is a recording of one of those webinars.



    Athlete Support Personnel and Other Persons responsibilities

    The World Anti-Doping Code 2021 lists specific roles and responsibilities for Athlete Support Personnel and Other Persons subject to the Code.

    It is important for Athlete Support Personnel and Other Persons to know their responsibilities under the Code as any failure to adhere to and/or breach of these could result in a sanction.