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United Nations: Treaty Against Doping in Sports

(Nov. 18, 2008) One hundred countries have now signed a global treaty against doping in competitive sports. Paraguay signed the agreement on November 12, 2008, making it possible to reach that goal. The International Convention Against Doping in Sport, which was adopted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in October 2005, imposes rules, tests, and sanctions in cases of doping. The Convention came into force in on February 1, 2007, when it had been ratified by 30 countries. It advocates no-advance notice testing, both during and outside of competitions. In addition to its provisions designed to promote a consistent approach to testing, the pact encourages governments to restrict the supply of performance-enhancing substances and regulate dietary supplements. (International Convention Against Doping in Sport 2005, UNESCO website,
(last visited Nov. 13, 2008).)

UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura said of the Convention, “never before have global anti-doping efforts been stronger or more focused on providing an honest and equitable playing environment for athletes.” (Binding UN-Backed Treaty Against Doping in Sport Signed by 100 Countries, UN NEWS CENTRE, Nov. 12, 2008, available at