Thailand to comply with anti-doping code, with regulations amended or promulgated


BANGKOK: After North Korea, Thailand and Indonesia were declared non-compliant with the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Thailand is stepping up efforts to comply with the code so it can continue to participate in and host international sporting events.

WADA said on Thursday Thailand’s non-compliance was due to the lack of full implementation of the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code, while the national anti-doping agencies of North Korea and Indonesia were ruled unsuccessful. compliant for not having implemented effective control programs.

Local media quoted the Governor of the Thai Sports Authority (SAT), Dr Gongsak Yodmani, as saying that his team would immediately proceed with the modification and adoption of the relevant regulations.

“If the process is delayed, Thailand will not be able to send teams to attend international competitions or host international events.

“It’s bad for Thailand’s image and will hurt the national economy. The enactment process will be completed within the next 3-4 months, and the bill has already been submitted to the State Council Office, ”he said.

He said the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the SAT and the Doping Control Agency (DCAT) submitted the case to cabinet on September 21.

The cabinet then tasked the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the State Council Office, the SAT and the National Olympic Committee of Thailand to cooperate on the modification of doping control in sport 2012 to ensure full independence. operationalization of the DCAT, to improve the definition of anti-doping substances.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that the SAT will ask the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) next week to reconsider the decision of non-compliance.

In its statement, WADA said the National Anti-Doping Bodies of Thailand, North Korea and Indonesia were “non-compliant”, which meant that said countries were not eligible to be granted the right to host major regional and international sporting events during the suspension. The sanctions took effect immediately.

All three countries also lose their WADA privileges, which include membership of their representatives on boards, committees, bodies or associations until their countries are reinstated or for a period of one year, whichever is longer. both.

In addition to this, athletes from the three countries will be allowed to compete in regional, continental or world championships, but their national flag will only fly at the Olympic and Paralympic Games until their reinstatement, or whichever is longer. Bernama


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