9th August 2017

Sierra Leone ratifies UNESCO Anti-Doping Convention

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce that the Republic of Sierra Leone (Sierra Leone) has become the 186th State Party to ratify the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport (UNESCO Convention). “We are delighted that Sierra Leone has become the latest State Party to show its commitment to clean sport through its ratification of the UNESCO Convention,” said WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie. “99% of the world has pledged its support to clean sport and vowed to ensure that the UNESCO Convention is implemented and practiced effectively in their respective countries. We are very pleased that Sierra Leone has joined them.”

The announcement means there are now just 9 countries worldwide that have yet to become signatories. The UNESCO Convention, which was adopted on 19 October 2005, is the practical instrument by which governments formalize their commitment to the fight against doping. The Convention allows governments to align their domestic policies with the World Anti-Doping Code, thus harmonizing the rules governing anti-doping in sport and public legislation.

Under UNESCO standards, the Convention has set records in terms of the speed with which it was prepared, adopted and ratified. See the complete list of countries that have ratified the UNESCO Convention here.

• This media release was originally published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 9 August 2017. To access the original, please click here.

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