Brunei adopts world anti-doping code updates

Izah Azahari & Azlan Othman

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) updated the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) which came into effect on January 1. Among the changes were: Anti-Doping Rules Violations (ADRV) from 10 offences to 11 offences and additions to the International Standards for Education (ISE), Therapeutic Use Exemption (ISTUE), and Results Management (ISRM).

As such, the BDAC has updated the Brunei Darussalam Anti-Doping Regulations 2015 to 2021 and the changes confirmed to align with the WADC 2021 by Chief Compliance Manager WADA Emiliano Simonelli.

This was stated by Permanent Secretary (Administration, Finance and Estate) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud in his capacity as the Chairman of Brunei Darussalam Anti-Doping Committee (BDADC) during the signing ceremony of the Brunei Darussalam Anti-Doping Regulation 2021.

Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal added that the Sultanate, through the BDADC received the Brunei Darussalam Anti-Doping Regulations on September 26, 2020.

“One of the commitments of Brunei Darussalam as a member of the WADA is to adopt and comply with WADC 2021. Any country that fails to do so may be sanctioned from involvement, organisation and participation in any sports activities and tournaments at the regional and international levels.

Permanent Secretary (Administration, Finance and Estate) at Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud in his capacity as the Chairman of BDADC during the ceremony. PHOTO: BDADC

“Brunei Darussalam has accepted and complied with the WADC since October 29, 2009,” he added.

As Brunei Darussalam’s compliance and commitment to WADC 2021 and the Brunei Darussalam Anti-Doping Regulation 2021, Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal said sports agencies in the country must also accept and comply with it by signing a signatory as one of the rules in WADC 2021 (Articles 20, 20.4, 20.4.1 & 20.4.2).

“In this regard, the BDADC has submitted an application to the Attorney General’s Chambers for review of the Brunei Darussalam Anti-Doping Regulation 2021 and the implementation of this Council. Alhamdulillah, I am pleased to inform you that the Attorney General’s Chambers responded that the Brunei Darussalam Anti-Doping Regulation 2021 is not against the law and there are no obstacles to the implementation of this council,” he said.

The event also saw Director General Southeast Asian Anti-Doping Organisation, Singapore Gobinathan Nair highlighting the World Anti-Doping Code 2021 document and the importance of implementing anti-doping learning programmes for each national sports association in the Sultanate.

Some 53 national sports associations and federations were present to give agreement and sign through their respective representatives in support of anti-doping programmes on the national and international level.

Representatives from the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council and the Brunei Darussalam National Paralympic Council also attended.

The event aimed at providing information by introducing sports association to the World Anti-Doping Code 2021, which has been applicable since January 1.

With the signing of the acceptance of Brunei Darussalam’s anti-doping rules completed by representatives from national sports associations and federations, Brunei has complied with the standards of the World Anti-Doping Code 2021.