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03 Mar 2004
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One hundred additional NOCs sign World Anti-Doping Code

One hundred additional National Olympic Committees (NOCs) recently accepted the World Anti-Doping Code in Athens, during the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC). This brings to 182 the number of NOCs out of 202 that have now formally accepted the Code.

Mandatory implementation
A delegation from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was on hand during the ANOC General Assembly to present the Code and to discuss its mandatory implementation by the Olympic Games in Athens in August. The complete list of all the sports organisations and NOCs that have now accepted the Code will be available on

Fundamental right to participate in doping-free sport
The purpose of the World Anti-Doping Programme and Code are: to protect the athletes’ fundamental right to participate in doping-free sport and thus promote health, fairness and equality for athletes worldwide and to ensure harmonised, coordinated and effective anti-doping programmes at international and national level with regard to detection, deterrence and prevention of doping.

IOC must federate support to WADA
IOC President Jacques Rogge said in his speech to the ANOC General Assembly that the IOC must federate the Olympic Movement's support to WADA and redouble its efforts in the fight against doping, which is sport’s major problem. He encouraged the remaining NOCs to sign the WADA Code and to urge their governments to respect their financial obligations to WADA.

Special plea
Rogge also made a special plea to the NOCs to ensure that their athletes work with coaches, doctors and physiotherapists who have a clean record in doping, alluding to the recent cases linked to THG.
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