MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Five major US sports leagues are not signatories to the Code of the World Anti-Doping Agency and the global anti-doping regulator hopes that they join the agency’s programs to achieve stronger work on the prevention of performance enhancing drugs abuse, a spokesman for WADA told TASS on Friday.
"The five major leagues in the United States - the NFL, the MLB, the NHL, the NBA and the PGA - are not signatories to the Code and never have been," Ben Nichols, the chief of WADA media relations and communications, said in an interview with TASS.
"They are privately owned, non-governmentally funded, and not associated to the United States Olympic Committee," Nichols said. "There are times when some of the players in those leagues are subject to the World Anti-Doping Code, however, notably around the time of Summer Olympic or Winter Olympic Games."
The senior manager of WADA said the global anti-doping regulator had been "encouraged by the advances in the major leagues’ anti-doping programs made in recent years, particularly by Major League Baseball (MLB), who now have a significantly enhanced anti-doping program."
However, Nichols added that WADA "would encourage all the Major Leagues to adopt stronger anti-doping programs, and to come in line with the rest of the world by adopting World Anti-Doping Code programs.".