The fight against doping in DanceSport is assigned the highest priority by WDSF. A signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code from the outset, WDSF has been assessed fully Code compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) ever since. The anti-doping activities required of World DanceSport Federation by the World Anti-Doping Code include conducting testing at competitions and out-of-competition, providing educational programmes for athletes and officials, and sanctioning those who commit anti-doping rule violations.
Doping is defined as the occurrence of one or more of the following Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs):
The use of doping substances or doping methods to enhance performance is fundamentally wrong and is detrimental to the overall spirit of sport. Drug misuse can be harmful to an athlete's health and to other athletes competing in the sport. It severely damages the integrity, image and value of sport, whether or not the motivation to use drugs is to improve performance. To achieve integrity and fairness in sport, a commitment to clean sport is critical.
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The World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) mission is to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its forms. WADA was established in 1999 as an international independent agency composed and funded equally by the sports movement and the governments of the world. Its key activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capacities, and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code – the document harmonising anti-doping policies in all sports and all countries.
WADA works towards a vision of the world that values and fosters a doping-free culture in sport. Doping, unfortunately, has been part of sport since ancient Greek times. Throughout the history of sport, there have been athletes who chose to dope and a majority who chose to compete without using performance-enhancing substances. A long-term solution to preventing doping is through effective values-based education programmes that foster anti-doping behaviours and create a strong anti-doping culture. WADA, through its many different programmes and initiatives, targets above all the athletes, providing them with the ethical and technical guidelines to compete free from doping.
Anti-doping activities required of WDSF by the World Anti-Doping Code include conducting in-competition and out-of-competition testing, providing education programs and sanctioning those who commit anti-doping rule violations. If you have any anti-doping queries, please contact the WDSF Anti-Doping Chairperson.