At the WTF General Assembly in Cesme, Turkey on May 6, the 2009 edition of the World Anti-Doping Code has been unanimously adopted. With the adoption, the WTF became the second International Sports Federation after the FINA, showing its strong determination against anti-doping rule violations.
The WADA code 2009 brings some important changes in the fight against doping, like the new rule where chief witnesses in a doping case can reduce their fine up to 75%, or the increase of fines in doping cases. Sticking to the rules of antidoping will be even more important for all people in the sports environment in the future.
The code will be implemented on January 1, 2009. In addition, to align its anti-doping administration with the standards established by the WADA, the WTF approved three Abbreviated Therapeutic Use Exemptions applications via the ADAMS, which is an online management system by the WADA.