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The Wada Code: Is It Justified?

By Adam Wakefield On August - 13 - 2009

The BCCI's recent refusal to become a signatory of the Wada (World Anti-Doping Agency) code opened a proverbial can of worms in relation to the invasive nature of testing. More specifically, athletes are aggrieved that they have to notify Wada, or the body that represents them that signed the Wada code, of their whereabouts for an hour everyday so that they are available for testing.

A previous piece that was written by this author stated that the BCCI was obliged to sign the code, regardless of its invasive nature, due to the lack of viable alternative and what it implies about the BCCI's stance in relation to doping. This didn’t actually address whether or not Wada was justified in its approach, so the question that is being asked here is: are they justified in their approach?   

If you look on the Wada Web site, you can download a copy of the Code. It is a rather formidable piece of literature, being 134 pages long.

On page 14, the Fundamental Rationale for the Anti-Doping Code reads as fo...

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