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World Anti-Doping Agency

  • 28 Nov 2019
  • 2 min read

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Recently, one of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) panels has suggested banning Russia for four years from competing in international events, including the Tokyo (2020 Summer) Olympics.

Key Points

  • Over the last few years, Russia has been accused of running a sophisticated doping programme.
    • International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned Russia’s participation at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
    • The Russian Olympic Committee was suspended and barred from attending the event. Only a few Russian athletes were allowed to perform under strict conditions.
  • The IOC, WADA and other global federations launched a series of investigations to look into the matter.

World Anti-Doping Agency

  • It was established in 1999 as an international independent agency composed and funded equally by the sport movement and governments of the world.
  • Its foundation was initiated by the IOC to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against drugs in sports.
  • It is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.
  • Its key activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capacities, and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code – the document harmonizing anti-doping policies in all sports and all countries.
  • Integrity, Accountability and Excellence are the core values of the agency.

International Olympic Committee

  • It is a not-for-profit independent international organisation that is committed to building a better world through sport.
  • It was created on 23 June 1894 and is the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement.
  • It ensures the regular celebration of the Olympic Games, supports all affiliated member organisations and strongly encourages, by appropriate means, the promotion of the Olympic values.

Source: IE

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