Time for change: a roadmap to guide the implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code 2015

J. Dvorak, N. Baume, F. Botré, J. Broséus, Richard Budgett, Walter O. Frey, Hans Geyer, Peter Rex Harcourt, Dave Ho, David Howman, Victor Isola, Carsten Lundby, François Marclay, Annie Peytavin, Andrew Pipe, Yannis Pitsiladis, Christian Reichel, Neil Robinson, Grigory Rodchenkov, M. SaugySouheil Sayegh, Jordi Segura, Mario Thevis, Alan Vernec, Marjolaine Viret, Marc Vouillamoz, Mario Zorzoli

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A medical and scientific multidisciplinary consensus meeting was held from 29 to 30 November 2013 on Anti-Doping in Sport at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland, to create a roadmap for the implementation of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code. The consensus statement and accompanying papers set out the priorities for the antidoping community in research, science and medicine. The participants achieved consensus on a strategy for the implementation of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code. Key components of this strategy include: (1) sport-specific risk assessment, (2) prevalence measurement, (3) sport-specific test distribution plans, (4) storage and reanalysis, (5) analytical challenges, (6) forensic intelligence, (7) psychological approach to optimise the most deterrent effect, (8) the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) and confounding factors, (9) data management system (Anti-Doping Administration & Management System (ADAMS), (10) education, (11) research needs and necessary advances, (12) inadvertent doping and (13) management and ethics: biological data. True implementation of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code will depend largely on the ability to align thinking around these core concepts and strategies. FIFA, jointly with all other engaged International Federations of sports (Ifs), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), are ideally placed to lead transformational change with the unwavering support of the wider antidoping community. The outcome of the consensus meeting was the creation of the ad hoc Working Group charged with the responsibility of moving this agenda forward.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)801-806
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2014

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