By Michael Pavitt

The WKF have welcomed the revised WADA Code ©Bongarts/Getty ImagesRafael Arriaza, chairman of the World Karate Federation (WKF) Medical Commission, has welcomed the new World Anti-Doping (WADA) Code.

WKF Anti-Doping Rules were declared in line with the revised WADA Code which came into effect on January 1, and Arriaza believes the Code will provide help to combat doping in the sport.

"WKF welcomes the revised Code approach that provides tougher sanctions for international cheats, while more flexibility is permitted in sanctioning such cases where an athlete can demonstrate inadvertent doping and that he or she was not cheating," Arriaza said.

"In addition, WKF acknowledges the new 'Technical Document for Specific Analysis' as an effort to adopt smarter and more effective testing programs to address particular doping risks, rather than the former 'one size fits all' approach."

Under the revised code there is an obligation to provide anti-doping education and information to athletes and their support staff, which focus on "values" and the ethical reasons not to dope.

The new WKF Anti-Doping rules document can be found here.

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