Canadian Policy Against Doping In Sport

 

BACKGROUND


In April of 2018, at the Annual General Meeting of the organization held in Winnipeg, Manitoba,
the membership of Dodgeball Canada approved the 2018 budget which contained a provision
for the Canadian Anti-Doping Program to be administered by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in
Sport, beginning no later than 2019.


There is a strong history of Canadian commitment to doping-free sport. The first domestic
policy on anti-doping was published in 1983, and subsequent commitments have been renewed
and expanded, culminating in the development and endorsement by F-P/T Ministers of the
Canadian Policy Against Doping in Sport-2004 (CPADS-2004).


These domestic anti-doping initiatives have been mirrored by an increasingly comprehensive
global fight against doping in sport. The world-wide response to the challenge of doping in
sport has been the creation of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and development of the
World Anti-Doping Code ("the Code") and its associated international standards. The Code
provides an international framework for harmonized anti-doping policies, rules and regulations
within sport organizations; it does however, not bind governments.


The UNESCO Convention Against Doping in Sport (2005, "the UNESCO Convention"), is the
internationally recognized legal framework under which governments undertake to implement
appropriate measures consistent with the "principles" of the Code. Canada was one of the first
countries to sign the UNESCO Convention.


The Canadian Policy Against Doping in Sport outlines how it is anticipated the sport branches of
Federal-Provincial/Territorial governments will work together to foster doping-free sport. These
efforts will build upon existing collaborative frameworks, including the Canadian Sport Policy,
Canadian Sport for Life, the London Declaration of Expectations for Fairness in Sport and the
National Recreation Statement.


Advancing doping-free sport, while a matter of public interest, is not solely an activity of
governments. Sport organizations and indeed individuals have significant roles to play in
building and fostering a doping-free sport environment. In doing so, it is understood that
participation in sport entails respect for the values and rules of sport, including those related to
anti-doping.

 


DECLARATION OF ENDORSEMENT
 

Dodgeball Canada, and its members and affiliates, through the terms established within the
Memorandum of Understanding, officially endorse the Canadian Policy Against Doping in Sport,
and support Dodgeball Canada’s commitment, as the National Sports Organization, to adopt
the current Canadian Anti-Doping Program.

 

The details of the policy can be found at:

https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/sport-policies-acts-regulations/policy-
against-doping-sport.html

 

It is the responsibility of each Provincial Sports Organization to understand and apply the
principles of this policy. Dodgeball Canada will assume the lead in dealing with the Canadian
Centre for Ethics in Sport in CADP administration.

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