WSL adopts universal anti-doping program

June 13, 2019 | Surfing
World Surf League: Championship Tour surfers | Photo: WSL

The World Surf League (WSL) announced the adoption of an anti-doping program compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.

The professional surfing circuit wants to make sure all athletes are eligible for the sport's historic Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020.

WSL will partner with the International Surfing Association (ISA) to implement all anti-doping measures.

The WADA Code is a document that harmonizes all anti-doping policies, rules, and regulations and ensures the standards are the same for all Olympic athletes.

As a result, all Championship Tour (CT) surfers have already agreed to subject to both in and out of the water testing, conducted and managed by both the International Testing Authority (ITA) and WSL.

"This is a historic agreement and a phenomenal step forward. WSL and ISA are working together to adopt a rigorous approach to clean sport," notes Fernando Aguerre, president of the ISA.

WSL was not a formal signatory of the WADA Code because it is not the world governing authority for the sport of surfing, as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

But the decision to join the global anti-doping standards is also a positive example of the healthy collaboration between a professional sports league and an International Federation.

"We have understood the importance of the anti-doping program and willingly stepped up to this obligation. We're committed to the Olympic movement's principles, including clean, competitive sport where genuine athletic ability is at the fore," adds Sophie Goldschmidt, CEO of WSL.

The tailor-made anti-doping testing will be run throughout the 2019 and 2020 CT seasons leading into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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