Joint work to find the best organization of Swedish Anti-DopingDecember 14, 2019
The work on analysis of the World Anti-Doping Code and the organization of Swedish Anti-Doping is intensified. Collaboration with the government, the Swedish Olympic Committee, SOK, representatives from special sports federations and former active elite athletes, will be initiated in 2020 to lead decisions on how work against doping is organized for the best effect and at the same time ensure that the world antidoping code is followed.
On November 7, the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, decided that a new World Anti-Doping Code should enter into force on January 1, 2021. This entails new rules for how the doping work should be conducted and organized to be approved by WADA.
The organization of the anti-doping business, with the National Sports Federation as a national anti-doping organization, has been discussed on the basis of independence and possible risk of conflicts of interest.
- The credibility of the sport is based on a conviction that the competitor does so according to the rules and that the person who violates the rules is punished on equal terms, regardless of who the athlete is or where the offense occurs. Of course, Sweden must follow the new world anti-doping code, and that requires us to put our wise heads together, says Björn Eriksson, chairman of the Swedish Sports Federation.
Analysis and proposals for organization will be planned to be presented to the Swedish National Board of Sports in the spring of 2020. Since the sports movement's annual meeting, the National Sports Meeting, does not occur until May 2021, an extra general meeting will probably be held in conjunction with the National Sports Forum in Norrköping from 7 to 8 November 2020.
- Sweden has a history of being a pioneer and driver in the work against doping nationally and internationally. In order to maintain the credibility of the work, we must ensure that the organization decided to apply in Sweden from 2021 is both best organized to carry out the anti-doping work and follows the World Anti-Doping Code, says Åke Andrén Sandberg, chairman of the Doping Commission.