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Fiji: Anti-Doping Treaty Ratified

(Nov. 24, 2010) On November 17, 2010, Fiji deposited its instrument of ratification of the International Convention Against Doping in Sport with the United Nations. Under the provisions of the treaty, it will come into force in Fiji on January 1, 2011. (Ratification by Fiji of the International Convention Against Doping in Sport (Paris, 19 October 2005), U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) website (Nov. 18, 2010),
.) The treaty was adopted by the UNESCO General Conference in 2005 and came into effect in 2007; Fiji is the 150th country to ratify the agreement. (International Convention Against Doping in Sport, UNESCO website,
(last visited Nov. 22, 2010); Milestone Reached as Fiji Becomes 150th Nation to Ratify UN Anti-Doping Treaty, UN NEWS CENTRE (Nov. 17, 2010),

The Convention's purpose is to work for “the prevention of and the fight against doping in sport, with a view to its elimination.” (Convention, art. 1.) It promotes the use of testing in competition, with a goal of having a consistent approach internationally. Under its provisions, governments are to restrict the availability of performance-enhancing substances, fight trafficking in such substances, and regulate diet and nutritional supplements, sometimes with financial assistance from UNESCO. (UN NEWS CENTRE, supra.)

The Convention is one of the most rapidly implemented of UNESCO's treaties. Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, stated:

The ratification of this Convention by so many countries in so short a time shows just how seriously the problem of doping in sport is taken by the world's governments. … While the Convention provides the roadmap, the Fund provides the means to achieve its principal objective – to promote the fight against doping so that future generations can enjoy and excel in doping-free sport. (Id.)