Following the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) fifth World Conference on Doping in Sport in Katowice, Poland, a new World Anti-Doping Code was approved, with the Executive Committee approving the International Standards which will come into effect on 1 January 2021.
The Code is the fundamental and universal document upon which the World Anti-Doping Programme is based, which serves to advance anti-doping efforts through universal harmonization of core anti-doping elements.
Following the approvals, a ‘Katowice Declaration’ was signed which calls upon “all stakeholders in the fight against doping in sport, including the Sports Movement, Governments, Anti-Doping Organizations and athletes to reinforce their efforts to strengthen their cooperation in every possible way; to present a unified front to strive to eradicate doping in sport; to increase resources dedicated to protecting clean sport; and to bring all perpetrators to account, without limitation.”
The World Confederation of Billiards Sports (WCBS) is a signatory of the WADA code and has the obligation to adopt the new code. Furthermore, WCBS has always emphasized anti-doping and encourages clean sport at all its events.
The WCBS Anti-Doping Committee sent to WADA a draft of the WCBS Anti-Doping Code in October. The document, of over 60 pages, contains all the rules and regulations and methods of proceedings. Instruments to combat doping are also specified, as are practical guidelines for athletes and sports organizations. The WCBS is waiting for comments from WADA. The next step will be the adoption of the document by the WCBS Board and the General Assembly.