CCES supports renewed call for global anti-doping reforms

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Press Release

12 March 2017

The will to implement reforms to improve global anti-doping remains the missing ingredient in a recipe for clean sport. A clear call for system changes were identified and described in the Copenhagen Declaration produced in August 2016 by a group of National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) leaders including the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES).

"The path forward is clear," said Paul Melia, President and CEO of the CCES. "Now is the time for all stakeholders, including the International Olympic Committee, to come together in support of clean athletes and bring these proposed reforms to life."

Mr. Melia made the comment today following the release of a statement from the membership of iNADO confirming its broad support for the proposed reforms. He noted that the CCES has been at the heart of the global effort by NADO leaders that have been working on behalf of clean athletes since before the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games to address the failings in the global anti-doping system identified in the McLaren Report in July 2016. 

As reinforced in today's statement from the broad iNADO membership, the solutions to some of our current challenges are well within our reach. What is missing is the conviction and commitment by the respective organizations to implement the reforms, such as improved governance practices in sport organizations to ensure greater independence and transparency, along with measures to ensure protection for whistleblowers like Yuliya and Vitaly Stepanov who first exposed widespread doping practices in Russia in 2014.

The CCES is an independent, national, not-for-profit organization with a responsibility to administer the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. We recognize that true sport can make a great difference for individuals, communities and our country. We are committed to working collaboratively to activate a values-based and principle-driven sport system; protecting the integrity of sport from the negative forces of doping and other unethical threats; and advocating for sport that is fair, safe and open to everyone.


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Le CCES appuie l’appel renouvelé en faveur de réformes mondiales en matière de lutte antidopage

12 mars 2017

La volonté de mettre en œuvre des réformes pour améliorer la lutte antidopage à l’échelle mondiale demeure l’ingrédient qui manque à la recette du sport pur. Un appel clair en faveur de modifications du système a été reconnu et décrit dans la Déclaration de Copenhague produite in août 2016 par un groupe de leaders d’organisations nationales antidopage (ONAD), y compris le Centre canadien pour l'éthique dans le sport (CCES).

« La voie à suivre est claire », dit Paul Melia, président-directeur général du CCES. « Il est temps pour tous les intervenants, y compris le CIO, de s’unir pour appuyer les athlètes propres et donner vie à ces réformes proposées ».

M. Melia a fait ce commentaire aujourd’hui après la publication d’une déclaration des membres d’iNADO qui confirme son soutien général aux réformes proposées. Il a souligné que le CCES a été au cœur de l’effort mondial des leaders des ONAD qui ont travaillé au nom des athlètes propres depuis avant les Jeux olympiques et paralympiques de Rio pour remédier aux défaillances du système antidopage mondial relevées dans le rapport McLaren en juillet 2016. 

Comme le souligne la déclaration faite aujourd’hui par l’ensemble des membres d’iNADO, les solutions à certains de nos défis actuels sont à notre portée. Ce qui manque, c’est la conviction et l’engagement des différentes organisations à mettre en œuvre les réformes comme les pratiques de gouvernance améliorées dans les organisations sportives pour assurer une indépendance et une transparence accrue ainsi que des mesures pour assurer la protection des dénonciateurs comme Yuliya et Vitaly Stepanov qui ont les premiers révélé les pratiques de dopage généralisées en Russie en 2014.

The CCES is the national, independent, non-profit organization responsible for the administration of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. We recognize that healthy sport can make a big difference for individuals, communities and our country. We have made a commitment to work collaboratively to create a principled, values-based sport system; To protect the integrity of sport from the negative forces of doping and other unethical threats; To defend sport that is fair, safe and open to all.

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