A group of representatives from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) traveled in mid-January from Canada to Santiago for an audit, As El Deportero reported in the past hours. The result was received on March 7, via email, by the former Minister of Sports, Alexandra Benado.
The report, submitted by auditors of different nationalities, concluded that the Sports Act (2001) is not fully compatible with the Sports Act The World Anti-Doping Code, which was signed into law in 2011 by Sebastian Pinera and who approved its latest edition in 2021.
According to the aforementioned mediator, Chile will not comply with this regulation in 43 aspects, of which 15 are classified as critical and 20 as “high priority”. The country will have until June 7 to rectify this situation.
The most serious problem
One aspect concerns the relationship with the National Anti-Doping Committee. While Chilean law states that the body “belongs to the Ministry of Sports”, WADA ensures that it must be “independent in its operational activities and decisions, whether from governments, sport or persons”.
El Deportero has put together a list of controversies between sports law and world anti-doping lawwhich specifically caused this scenario.
Given that it is an international treaty, the AMA has the power to sanction countries that do not comply. Therefore, seven months before the 2023 Pan American Games, Minister Jaime Pizarro was already aware of this situation.
According to the media, in fact, the former footballer has already contacted Minister Ana Lia Uriarte to announce the presentation of the changes to the Sports Code. Yes, the authorities will have to seek the support of Congress.