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About World Anti-Doping Agency 


India has emerged as the country with the highest percentage of doping offenders, according to the 2022 testing figures released by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).


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About World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

Establishment and Purpose

  • Founded in 1999 as an independent international agency.
  • Aims to spearhead a global movement promoting doping-free sports.

Governance and Funding

  • Operates on an equal partnership model between the global sports movement and governments.

Primary Role

  • Develops, harmonizes, and coordinates anti-doping rules and policies globally across sports and countries.

Key Activities

  • Conducts scientific research.
  • Offers education initiatives.
  • Develops anti-doping capacities.
  • Monitors the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), which standardizes anti-doping policies worldwide.

Formation Background

  • Triggered by doping scandals in cycling in 1998.
  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) convened the First World Conference on Doping in Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, from February 2-4, 1999.
  • This conference led to the Lausanne Declaration on Doping in Sport, which paved the way for WADA’s creation.
  • WADA was officially established on November 10, 1999, in Lausanne, in preparation for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Legal Structure and Location

  • Operates as a Swiss private law, not-for-profit foundation.
  • Headquarters located in Montreal, Canada, with its seat in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Governance Structure

  • Foundation Board (Board):
    • Comprises 42 members.
    • Represents the Olympic Movement (IOC, National Olympic Committees, International Sports Federations, and athletes) and government representatives from five continents.
  • Executive Committee (ExCo):
    • Consists of 16 members.
    • Responsible for the management, activities, and asset administration of WADA, acting on behalf of the Board.

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May 2024