The UIAA promotes Clean Climbing by adopting and implementing the World Anti-Doping (WADA) Programme in its entirety. In parallel, the UIAA is responsible for ensuring that all of its member associations and athletes respect and comply with all relevant International Standards and all the principles inherent to the World-Anti Doping Code, including the registered testing pool and the doping violation procedure. The UIAA does this through its Anti-Doping Commission which directly supports the UIAA involvement with competition sport, notably the UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour and events run by UIAA Unit Member, the International Skyrunning Federation.

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History of UIAA and Anti-Doping

In October 2014, the UIAA General Assembly adopted the then latest amendments to the UIAA Anti-Doping policy. The policy was harmonised with the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code. Ever since, the UIAA Anti-Doping Commission has worked closely with WADA to ensure full compliance with its rules. In 2021, the UIAA Anti-Doping Commission successfully implemented the most recent changes to the WADA Code.

Anti-doping rules were first adopted by the UIAA General Assembly on 11 October 2003 in Berchtesgaden, Germany. Various other amendments were added by the UIAA General Assembly on 16 October 2004 in New Delhi, India when it was agreed: “That the UIAA General Assembly gives power to the UIAA Board to approve interim amendments to UIAA Anti-Doping Policy and Procedure.”

The UIAA is committed to fair play, a sport free of doping and the principles of the World Anti-Doping Code. This includes the mandatory articles of the Code and all relevant International Standards.

As a consequence, UIAA officials, representatives, member associations and athletes in UIAA-organised or approved events are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is appropriate for an international federation of sport and in accordance with Anti-Doping Policy and Procedure. Failure to observe the anti-doping policy and procedure shall result in a disciplinary procedure and sanctions.

The aims of the UIAA’s Anti-Doping Policy and Procedure are to:

1. Promote drug-free competitions in UIAA-recognised sports.

2. Develop fair and consistent anti-doping procedures and regulations.

3. Assist Member Associations in meeting their obligations to their national sports authorities and comply with relevant national legislation (such as in the field of contracts, human rights, and data protection).