World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code 2009 [Archived]
Produced in partnership with Laurence Burger
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code 2009 [Archived]

The following Arbitration practice note produced in partnership with Laurence Burger provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code 2009 [Archived]
  • Purpose of the WADA Code
  • Implementation
  • Non-compliance
  • Structure of the code
  • Part one—doping control
  • Parts two, three and four of the Code

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code 2009 [Archived]

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained. A Practice Note on the WADA Code 2015 is available: World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code 2015

Purpose of the WADA Code

The World Anti-Doping Code (the Code) applies to all sports and harmonises regulation regarding anti-doping in sports. The Code provides a framework for anti-doping policies, rules and regulations for sports organisations and public authorities.

Key features of the Code:

  1. adoption of the Code by the Olympic Movement is necessary (see Practice Note: Sports arbitration—an introduction)

  2. only sports that adopt and implement the Code may be included in the programme of the Olympic Games

  3. members of professional leagues and sports organisations outside the Olympic Movement must comply with the Code when they take part in events or tournaments under the jurisdiction of organisations that have implemented the Code


The Code is implemented by sports organisations by each ensuring that:

'their own rules and policies are in compliance with the mandatory articles and principles of the Code. WADA assists with code compliance.

In order for governments to be bound by the Code, and given that many governments cannot be legally bound by a non-governmental document such as the Code, governments have drafted the International Convention against Doping in Sports, in force since 2007, under the auspices of UNESCO to allow formal recognition of the

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