New IWAS Anti-Doping Code comes into force

The 2021 IWAS Anti-Doping Code was developed in partnership with, and approved by, WADA and reflects the changes published in the 2021 WADA Code.

IWAS President, Rudi van den Abbeele, said: “As a former athlete myself I hold the principles of fair play close to my heart. I encourage all athletes, staff and our members to make sure they fully understand their rights and responsibilities for anti-doping.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved with getting the IWAS Anti-Doping Code approved by WADA. It is a huge amount of work, not least because of IWAS’ dual role as an International Federation for wheelchair fencing and major event organiser for multi-sport competitions such as the World Games. We are proud to have a Code that meets all of our responsibilities and allows us to be part of the fight against doping.

“IWAS will continue to support the community through education and awareness-raising. We must work together to tackle anti-doping and ensure a level-playing field.”

All athletes, support personnel and IWAS members must adhere to the WADA and IWAS Anti-Doping Codes, List of Prohibited Substances and Methods and International Standards.

The 2021 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods has been redesigned in order to improve navigation and usability for athletes and their support personnel. The List, which is one of the eight International Standards that are mandatory for all signatories of the WADA Code, designates what substances and methods are prohibited both in- and out-of-competition, and which substances are banned in particular sports.

More information here.