Tunisia: After Anti-Doping Warnings, Tunisian Sport Formally Sanctioned

by | May 2, 2024 | Legal, Tunisia


On 30 April 2024, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed that the Tunisian National Anti-Doping Organization (TNADO) remains in non-compliance with WADA code, bringing the national sporting body under official sanction. 

After a series of censures and warnings beginning in November 2023, WADA indicated that the TNADO has failed to effectively integrate WADA code into its legal structure. 

The failure to demonstrate compliance comes despite apparent efforts by the current government to pass legislation that would have updated 2007 legislation governing anti-doping in sport. The legislation was passed by the Tunisian Parliament in February 2024. 

Following the failure to demonstrate compliance after an official notice was sent in early April 2024, WADA formally implemented sanctions after not hearing from TNADO. 

The penalties that were laid out in November 2023 are now officially in place, including preventing the Tunisian flag from being flown at official international sporting events, such as the Olympics. Tunisia will also be prevented from hosting official sporting events affiliated with organizations such as the Olympics and other world championship events. 


Tunisia’s failure to demonstrate compliance with WADA code deals a blow to the country’s international reputation at a challenging moment politically, economically, and socially. 

Sport remains a source of significant national pride and the failure of the government to achieve compliance could increase frustration with the current administration. However, far more pressing challenges, such as shortages and inflation, continue to be the main sources of frustration for Tunisians. 


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