Media statement: ASADA welcomes AOC anti-doping efforts

28 August 2014

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) welcomes the initiative by the President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), John Coates, in comprehensively embracing the revised World Anti-Doping Code (the Code).

ASADA Chief Executive Officer, Ben McDevitt said Australia is very fortunate to have such a strong anti-doping advocate in Mr Coates.

‘John has campaigned long and hard against doping in sport and he does not take a backseat when it comes to dealing with this ongoing threat to the integrity of sport.

‘The AOC has recently conveyed to National Sporting Federations its expectation that Rio-bound athletes will start to comply with provisions under the revised Code.

‘Although the revised Code does not take effect until next year, the AOC wants some 1,200 athletes making up the shadow team to understand the changes to the Code and comply with them now.

‘At a time when doping in sport is at the forefront of public debate, I would encourage all non-Olympic sports as well as the professional codes to follow the AOC’s lead.

‘I urge sports to fully adopt the revised anti-doping Code. It is an opportunity for them to confirm their intense opposition to doping and enforce an environment that does not welcome those that seek to promote and assist doping,’ Mr McDevitt said.

The revised Code will take effect from 1 January 2015. ASADA has commenced working with sports to ensure Australia continues to meet its international anti-doping obligations.