The use of doping substances or doping methods to enhance performance is fundamentally wrong and is detrimental to the overall spirit of sport. Drug misuse can be harmful to an athlete’s health and to other athletes competing in the sport. It severely damages the integrity, image and value of sport, whether or not the motivation to use drugs is to improve performance. To achieve integrity and fairness in sport, a commitment to a clean field of play is critical. The FIG seeks to maintain the integrity of sport in gymnastics by running a comprehensive anti-doping program that focuses equally on education/prevention and on testing, with consequent sanctioning of those who break the rules.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established in 1999 as an international independent agency composed and funded by the sport movement and governments of the world. Their key activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capacities, and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code – the document harmonizing anti-doping policies in all sports and all countries.
WADA was formed in 1999, following a major doping scandal that shook the world of cycling in 1998. In February 1999, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) convened the First World Conference on Doping in Sport, in Lausanne, Switzerland, which brought together all parties involved in the fight against doping. The Conference resulted in the Lausanne Declaration on Doping in Sport – a document that provided for the creation of an independent international anti-doping agency to be operational for the XXVII Olympiad that were to be held in Sydney, Australia in 2000.
WADA was established on 10 November 1999 to protect athletes, promote the values of clean sport, and preserve the spirit of sport internationally. WADA was set up as a foundation under the initiative of the IOC with the support and participation of intergovernmental organizations, governments, public authorities, and other public and private bodies fighting doping in sport. To this day, the Agency is composed and funded by the sport movement and governments of the world.
For more information about WADA, consult the WADA website.