The UIAA has amended its Anti-Doping Policy and Procedure to reflect changes to the World Anti-Doping Code introduced by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at the beginning of this year.
The UIAA is also striving for full WADA compliancy which will include an out-of-competition testing programme.
The new WADA code is based on two major themes, fairness and firmness, with the goal of strengthening the fight against doping in sports.
One change to the code is that the sanctions have been increased. More types of violations can now lead to the maximum four-year ban from competition sports for first-time offenders.
At the same time, the new code offers judges more flexibility with regards to sentencing. This can result in either harsher or milder sanctions for athletes, depending on the circumstances.
The 2009 code also calls for sports organisations to speed up the process and management of doping cases. This could for instance reduce the time between the analyses of the A and B samples.
You can download the WADA 2009 Code or read a summary of the changes to the Code on the WADA web site.
The UIAA Anti-Doping Commission assists Member Association with implementing the WADA Code and the Anti-Doping Policy and Procedure. The commission is in charge of handling the UIAA’s responsibilities for the Code with regards to the administration of Ice Climbing competitions, the competition sport managed by the UIAA.