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Article Fight against dop­ing – for clean sport

Doping makes fair competition impossible. For this reason, only manipulation-free sport can receive government funding.

Doping violates the spirit of fair play, which is inherent to sport. This is why the fight against doping is first of all the responsibility of sport itself, although the Federal Government provides a great deal of support for the fight against doping. Taxpayer money can go only to clean, manipulation-free sport.

Who are the main actors in the fight against doping?

Various organizations have joined the fight against doping: the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Germany’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), the sport associations, which are responsible at national and international level for the fight against doping, and anti-doping research.

At national level, NADA is the most important organization working to keep sport clean. NADA was founded in 2002 and its main task is to organize and implement the system of drug testing in German sport. NADA is also involved in prevention and education.

The fight against doping has been coordinated worldwide since 2003, when the WADA Code was adopted at the World Anti-Doping Conference in Copenhagen. For all Olympic federations, accepting the Code is a prerequisite for participating in the Olympic Games.

The fight against doping requires broad participation. From the local track and field club to the Olympic federations as well as policy-makers at national and international level, everyone must pull together with the same goal: clean and fair sport.

What is the Federal Government’s role?

The Federal Government takes very seriously its responsibility to prevent manipulation in sport which may also be harmful to athletes’ health. The Federal Government aids in the fight against doping above all by funding all areas of this effort, starting with prevention and extending to drug testing and research. The Federal Government also helps coordinate the efforts of the various actors.

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