WADA has declared three NADOs non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code ©Getty Images

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has confirmed that the National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) of North Korea, Thailand and Indonesia have each been declared non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code.

Thailand's NADO has not fully implemented the 2021 version of the Code within national legislation - which is how it applies anti-doping rules - while the non-compliance of Indonesia and North Korea is a result of "non-conformities" in their testing programmes.

As a result, the three countries now face strict sanctions.

They are not allowed to be awarded the right to host any regional, continental or World Championship events by any Code signatory for a year or until they are reinstated, whichever is the longest period.

National flags also cannot be flown at major events other than the Olympic and Paralympic Games for as long as the NADOs are non-compliant.

The NADOs also lose their WADA privileges and are ineligible to stage any event hosted, organised, co-hosted, or co-organised by WADA.

Representatives from the trio will be unable to serve as a member of any WADA committee or its Foundation Board.

Thailand's NADO is one of three confirmed to be non-compliant with the latest World Anti-Doping Code ©Getty Images
Thailand's NADO is one of three confirmed to be non-compliant with the latest World Anti-Doping Code ©Getty Images

The trio will also not receive any WADA funding.

Similarly to Thailand, the Deaf International Basketball Federation and International Gira Sports Federation were also deemed non-compliant for not implementing the latest version of the World Anti-Doping Code.

The five organisations were sent a formal notice of non-compliance on September 14 but did not dispute WADA's assertion, resulting in the sanctions.

The NADOs of the German Community of Belgium, Montenegro and Romania were also warned by WADA but provided evidence which now allows them to be placed on a watchlist and given four more months to repair non-conformities.

All three submitted a calendar for adoption of the rules within four months, WADA said.

Thailand and Indonesia have contested the decision and have asked WADA to reconsider the decision.

The Sports Authority of Thailand said they have finished amending its anti-doping regulations but have not yet published them due to internal legal processes.

Meanwhile, Indonesia's sports minister Zainudin Amali said he wrote to WADA to explain the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic had prevented the country from extracting enough samples and sending them to WADA.