By David Owen

world anti-doping_code_12-10-121October 12 - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has served notice of completion of another phase in the meticulous two-year review process that will culminate in a new draft of the World Anti-Doping Code.

The second code consultation phase is now over, ending a four-and-a-half-month period in which WADA stakeholders could make recommendations for amending the code and related international standards.

The main point of interest when the first draft was presented in May was resurrection of the "Osaka Rule", which bans athletes convicted of serious doping offences from competing in the next Olympic Games.

Submissions will now be considered by the drafting team and a second draft of the code presented in November.

The final consultation phase – in which stakeholders will be able to provide feedback on the drafts and review comments from earlier in the process – will stretch from December until March 1, 2013.

A new draft code will ultimately be presented to WADA's foundation board at a conference in South Africa in November 2013.

The new code is due to be implemented in 2015.

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