Citius, Altius, Fortius: 100 years later, Paris will once again host the summer Olympic Games. In five years, France will pay a tribute to the creator of the modern Olympic games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, by being the center of the world for sport. This event is a wonderful opportunity to shine a light on the city of Paris and on the entire country of France, as it shows its deeply rooted culture and sense of hospitality as host to thousands of tourists and sport fans.
Needless to say, hosting such an event requires the country to comply with several compulsory international regulations. Among other things, France needs to bring existing installations, like stadiums, into compliance with the Olympics criteria. In addition, the Olympic Games also have an impact on French anti-doping legislation. Even though an anti-doping platform has always been a central priority of the French government when dealing with sports, France has refused to implement in its legislation the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code) itself. Indeed, while some of the obligations stated in the Code were transposed in the French legislation, others were not.
However, with the 2024 Olympics now in sight, these outstanding issues caught up with the growing international pressure and eventually defeated the French longlasting reluctance to abide by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules. This prompted significant changes in rules governing the prevention and the sanction of doping.