In Canada our national effort to eliminate doping from sport is not directed by specific legislation. Rather, all parties and organizations committed to the Canadian anti-doping effort have collectively agreed to abide by a common set of rules, procedures, duties and responsibilities which are expressed in the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. This ‘collective agreement” amongst all relevant stakeholders has been a unique and defining feature of the Canadian effort to eliminate doping in sport. Accordingly, there exists a well understood and broad consensus in Canada regarding how sport is played, who is subject to Canadian anti-doping rules, what those rules demand and how assertions of rule violations are fairly dealt with.
Adoption of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program by the Canadian Curling Association (CCA) reflects a fundamental commitment to respect its principles, to fulfill its prescribed roles and responsibilities and for the CCA to comply with the broad scope of its application. The CCA has adopted the Canadian Anti-Doping Program to express a fundamental commitment to engage in a collaborative effort to eliminate doping in sport; to promote doping-free sport in Canada; to ensure harmonized, coordinated and effective anti-doping measures; and to respect the rights of individuals and organizations through appropriate and fair procedures.
Doping-free sport is a matter of great public interest. The CCA, and for that matter the Canadian sport community, wishes to cooperate and collaborate in the national effort to eliminate doping in sport. The fight against doping in sport is amply justified in order to protect the interests of sport and the integrity of individuals, especially young people. Anti-doping efforts require transparency, openness to scrutiny and public accountability in order to achieve public confidence, subject only to the need to protect the privacy of individuals who are subject to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program.
In August, 2011, the CCA’s Board of Governors unanimously endorsed the most recent principles of the Canadian Policy Against Doping in Sport – 2011 (CPADS-2011), under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and the Canadian Anti-Doping Program.
For informational purposes, please feel free to refer to the attached published materials from the CCES on the Canadian Anti-Doping Program and the Canadian Policy Against Doping in Sport – 2011.