Metro Manila, Philippines — The Philippines’ flag may not be flown at the 2024 Paris Olympics or in upcoming regional games after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said the country failed to comply with its standards.
This means that while Filipino athletes can compete in future international and regional competitions, they may not do so under the Philippine flag.
In a notification dated Jan. 23, the sports regulator said the PSC failed to comply with four requirements of WADA code:
First, it has yet to develop an effective “Test Distribution Plan.” The International Testing Agency said this includes the number and types of doping tests, and analysis conducted based on sporting events.
Second, it said the PSC must require athletes in its registered testing pool (RTP) from sports “with EPOs (Erythropoietin) Minimum Level of Analysis of 30% or greater” in the agency’s ABP (Athlete Biological Passport), and that it plans a minimum of three blood ABP tests for them. EPO is a hormone which stimulates red blood cell production and used to improve cardiovascular performance.
Third, the PSC has to share and maintain its list of RTP athletes through WADA’s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System
Lastly, the PSC must ensure all doping cases are prosecuted in a timely manner and that it notifies all parties with the right to appeal.
The WADA gave the PSC 21 days from its Jan. 23 notice, or until Feb. 13 “to dispute WADA’s allegation of non-compliance and/or the consequences of non-compliance and/or the reinstatement conditions proposed by WADA.”
If the PSC fails to comply by then, the WADA will consider it non-compliant and the Philippines will have to apply for reinstatement.
Aside from the flag ban, other consequences include a ban from hosting international and regional sporting events organized by major organizations until it is reinstated.
PSC representatives will also be ineligible to hold any position in the WADA.