2021 WADA Code – Reduced Sanctions For Substances Of Abuse, Multiple Violations And Recreational Athletes
On 1 January 2021, the fourth version of the World Anti-Doping Code (the 2021 Code) went into effect and brought with it a set of significant changes affecting athletes across the entire spectrum of sports. In particular, the 2021 Code created more lenient sanctions for:
- non-elite “recreational athletes” (Recreational Athletes);
- athletes who ingest or use substances of abuse; and
- athletes who have committed multiple violations.
Importantly, athletes in these categories who are currently serving suspensions under the old 2015 Code could be eligible for an immediate reduction now that the 2021 Code has taken effect. This article reviews the changes, looking at each of the three points above in turn.
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About the Author
Paul J. Greene, Esq. is a U.S. based sports lawyer who protects the rights of athletes in disputes, including those charged in anti-doping proceedings. Paul has been recognized by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers as one of America’s top sports lawyers.
Matthew D. Kaiser is an associate at Global Sports Advocates and has worked with and represented athletes in a variety of legal issues from challenging disciplinary sanctions and doping violations to protecting athletes’ intellectual property rights.