ISL And WSL Sign A Landmark Anti-Doping Agreement

June 12, 2019

The International Surfing Association (ISA) and the World Surf League (WSL) have signed a landmark agreement to adopt a comprehensive anti-doping programme ensuring athletes are eligible for the sport’s Olympic debut in 2020.

The programme will be run in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code and the ISA’s Anti-doping Rules and will be run throughout the WSL Championship Tour (CT) in 2019 and 2020 leading into the Olympics.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said: “This historical agreement with the WSL and their professional surfers on this critical subject is very important news for our sport and a phenomenal step forward as we continue to prepare for Tokyo 2020. Surfing is a sport of integrity and we are committed to preserving and promoting clean sport. I am proud today to see WSL and ISA work together to adopt such a rigorous approach to clean sport. We are on the cusp of a special era in Surfing’s history, and I am excited to be entering this era with robust processes and partners.”

WSL CEO, Sophie Goldschmidt, said: “This agreement not only reflects the WSL’s continued commitment to clean sport, but also to being a good partner to the ISA and the Olympic Movement.  I am proud that our surfers have understood the importance of this matter and willingly stepped up to this obligation. We appreciate this continued collaboration with the ISA on the Olympic qualification process. Olympic inclusion has changed our sport for the better and I cannot wait to see the elite athletes of Surfing competing on the greatest stage – it will be an incredible spectacle.