LAUSANNE, March 14 (Xinhua) -- About 900 delegates from the global anti-doping community has conducted a crucial review of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) at the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA's) 15th Annual Symposium in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The latest revised and updated Code will come into effect in 2021 and the world's anti-doping stakeholders are currently finalizing the document in time for its ratification at the fifth World Conference on Doping in Sport, which will take place in November in Katowice, Poland.
In addition, the Code's various International Standards, including those related to results management, education, compliance, testing and investigations, therapeutic use exemptions, laboratories and privacy protection were discussed at length during the WADA Symposium.
Athletes, for the first time, held their own session at the Symposium, which reinforced the importance of athletes' involvement in clean sport.
WADA's Athlete Committee members Beckie Scott (Chair) and Ben Sandford gave an update in plenary session on the progress of the development of the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights.
The WADA Symposium, which is the leading fixture on the anti-doping calendar, gathered athlete representatives, International Sports Federations, government representatives, National and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations, Major Event Organizers, WADA-accredited laboratories and Athlete Passport Management Units, as well as international media and other stakeholders on March 13 and 14 under the theme "Towards 2021 - Navigating the Future Together".