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05/06/19 WADA PUBLISHES OFFICIAL PROGRAM FOR FIFTH WORLD CONFERENCE ON DOPING IN SPORT
Further to our communication of 21 March, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to publish the official Conference Program including session descriptions, for the Agency’s Fifth World Conference on Doping in Sport that will take place from 5-7 November 2019 in Katowice, Poland. Registration for the event is already open.
Organized with the generous support of the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Poland, the Conference is set to convene representatives from the sport movement, public authorities and anti-doping organizations, along with athletes, other anti-doping experts and members of the media to take stock of the evolution of Clean Sport and engage in high-level discussion and debate about the global anti-doping program.
This year’s World Conference will focus on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code (Code) review and will culminate with presentation and endorsement of the proposed Code and International Standards. The Conference will conclude with the election by WADA’s Foundation Board of the new WADA President and Vice President that will assume their new roles on 1 January 2020.
Should you wish to register for the World Conference, please do so on the Conference website no later than 30 August 2019. The website contains all relevant information regarding the event, including the Conference’s program; goals and objectives; intervention registration and submission; as well as, participation terms.
Should you have any questions regarding the event, please refer to the list of key contacts on the Conference website.
We look forward to welcoming you all in Katowice.
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29/05/19 WADA LAUNCHES ALPHA 2.0 ANTI-DOPING eLEARNING COURSE FOR ATHLETES
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to launch an updated version of the Athlete Learning Program about Health and Anti-Doping (ALPHA) course on its Anti-Doping e-Learning Platform (ADeL).
Initially launched in 2014 – and developed with the help of athletes, leading psychologists, behavioral scientists, education technologists, e-learning specialists and prevention specialists – ALPHA represents a holistic, values-based approach and offers a pragmatic and positive alternative to the traditional approach to the prevention of doping. The course has already been successfully completed by over 22,500 of ADeL’s 35,000 subscribers.
The new ALPHA 2.0 preserves the course’s original content but adopts a fresh new look and feel, along with improved interactive activities. The updated course also includes athlete testimonial videos, which provide a point of reference and are proven to be an effective means of peer learning. The course is initially being launched in English with the other 5 ALPHA languages (French, Croatian, Japanese, Spanish and Slovenian) to follow this year. ALPHA 1.0 remains available for everyone in all languages.
The updated ALPHA 2.0 has been broken down into eight digestible lessons, taking approximately 10 minutes to complete each one. The course aims to improve retention and meet the needs of the modern learner for bite-size courses. ALPHA 2.0 is also mobile-friendly so athletes will be able to easily access the course through their smart phones or tablets.
The course’s first six lessons address the World Anti-Doping Code’s requirement for athletes to be educated on the following:
Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)
Results management processes
Medical reasons not to dope, and
Ethical reasons not to dope
Lessons seven and eight offer practical help on how to stay clean and how to resist the pressure to dope, which encourages athletes to develop positive and proactive plans to avoid doping in a way that is particularly meaningful for them.
The end of the course features The Play True Pledge, which allows athletes to demonstrate publicly their commitment to clean sport by sharing The Pledge on their social media accounts. There is also a post-course test to assess the knowledge of the athletes – a score of 80% or higher is required for certification.
To access the ALPHA 2.0 course, simply register on ADeL or log in to your existing account. If you register as an athlete, ALPHA 2.0 will be featured automatically on your home page. For other roles, you can find the course in the Library section. In order to help users navigate through the platform, WADA has also created an ADeL User Guide, which should help users fully benefit from the ADeL platform.
For any questions or to provide feedback on ALPHA 2.0 or other ADeL resources, please direct your emails to email@example.com.
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06/05/19 2020 WADA PROHIBITED LIST: STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION
Montreal, 1 May 2019
Annually, there is an agreed process for reviewing content and structural changes to the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (Prohibited List), which is an International Standard under Article 4.1 of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code).
As part of this process, stakeholder feedback is collected throughout the year; and then, in April of every year, WADA’s List Expert Group meets to discuss the feedback, evidence and proposed content and/or structural changes, and to formulate the draft Prohibited List.
On 11 and 12 April, the List Expert Group held a meeting that resulted in the following documents, which we are confidentially giving you access to today for Stakeholder Consultation, via WADAConnect, the Agency’s online stakeholder consultation platform:
Draft 2020 Prohibited List
Summary of Modifications, which is intended to facilitate your review
2020 Monitoring Program
As is customary, WADA kindly asks that someone within your organization, with the relevant professional experience and expertise in anti-doping, be given the opportunity to carefully review the draft 2020 Prohibited List and provide comments concerning the proposed content (additions, subtractions or other modifications) and/or structural changes. We would ask that, whenever possible, your comments be supported by relevant reference(s) to medical or scientific evidence; pharmacological effect; and/or, personal experience concerning the substances or methods in question.
Also, as was done last year, the WADAConnect platform will encourage you, separately, to propose further additions, subtractions or other modifications under ‘Comments for future consideration’; which will be evaluated and considered carefully over the course of the year but will not likely be incorporated within the 2020 Prohibited List.
To provide comments
Simply connect to WADAConnect. If you do not currently have access, please consult the short guide on how to create a user account that is available on the platform.
Once you have a user account, please inform firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the private List Consultation Group. This is necessary in order to provide comments.
Please input your comments by 12 July 2019.
We believe that conducting this Stakeholder Consultation helps ensure that the Prohibited List evolves in step with the highest possible scientific standards; and, reflects the needs of the anti-doping community.
In keeping with the annual process, the 2020 Prohibited List will not be made public until 1 October 2019. Therefore, we would ask you to ensure that the draft is kept confidential in order to preserve the integrity of the Stakeholder Consultation process. As we know, earlier publication would compromise the process and lead to confusion in the minds of athletes and other stakeholders worldwide.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact email@example.com.
Thank you in advance for your organization’s feedback.
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06/05/19 WADA APPOINTS AMANDA HUDSON AS DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Hudson as WADA’s new Director of Education, effective 5 August 2019.
Ms. Hudson, who is currently Head of Education for UK Anti-Doping in London, will lead the development and implementation of WADA’s education strategy, programs and activities, including managing WADA’s Social Science Research Grant Program and the Agency’s Education Committee.
In October 2018, Director of Communications, Catherine MacLean, assumed leadership of the education portfolio and set out to recruit a Deputy Director of Education to help develop and drive WADA’s education strategy. Due to the quality of the applications received during the recruitment phase, management decided to upgrade the role to Director, carving education out as a stand-alone department with a seat at the management table. This optimized structure reflects the increasing importance with which WADA and its stakeholders view the areas of both education and communications to the Agency and the global anti-doping program.
WADA Director General Olivier Niggli said: “I am delighted that Amanda will be joining WADA to take on this important mandate as the Director of Education. With almost 15 years connected to sport, nine of which with UKAD, Amanda brings with her a wealth of experience in developing and delivering excellent anti-doping education programs. Her strategic approach and leadership are exactly what we need to bring this core business activity to the next level.
“WADA’s success depends on its 100+ team of committed and skilled individuals. This appointment will reinforce WADA’s Management Team and will help the Agency deliver on its mission for athletes and other stakeholders in 2019 and beyond.”
Amanda Hudson will be located at WADA’s head office in Montreal, Canada. Until Ms. Hudson’s arrival in August, Ms. MacLean will maintain leadership of Education in addition to Communications.
01/05/19 WADA SUCCESSFULLY RETRIEVES SAMPLES FROM MOSCOW LABORATORY
Montreal, 30 April 2019 – Since January’s retrieval by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) of the analytical data generated by the former Moscow Laboratory in Russia, WADA Intelligence and Investigations (I&I) has been working on a mission to extract all relevant samples still contained within the laboratory.
WADA can confirm that a five-person team has successfully retrieved 2,262 samples from the laboratory, which had been split into A and B samples and contained within 4,524 collection bottles. The samples have now been taken out of Moscow and are on their way to a WADA-accredited laboratory outside of Russia. Importantly, all samples targeted by I&I in advance of the mission were successfully located and extracted.
WADA Director of I&I Gunter Younger, who is leading the process, said: “WADA Intelligence and Investigations is pleased to be continuing to make progress in this complex and difficult case. Extracting the required samples from the laboratory is another step forward. These samples will be used to strengthen cases against those who may have cheated and may exonerate athletes who have not committed an anti-doping rule violation.”
“In removing the bottles, as a precaution we decided to take any and all samples that corresponded to data in the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) database that was even remotely anomalous, even where an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) was not suspected. We can therefore proceed to the next phase and support the various International Federations (IFs) and other Anti-Doping Organizations to bring cases forward.”
In parallel, the authentication process of the Moscow data is close to completion. In early May, a progress report from that process will be sent to the independent Compliance Review Committee – which has received updates from WADA I&I every two weeks since the data was extracted in January – and an update will be presented at the next meetings of WADA’s Executive Committee and Foundation Board on 15 and 16 May, respectively.
Meanwhile, the process continues as I&I investigators identify all available evidence for each case, including ordering further sample analysis, where appropriate. In due course, the relevant IFs will be presented with evidentiary packages, which they will assess with the view to taking the cases forward as ADRVs. In cases where IFs choose not to take action, WADA will review the facts, discuss with the relevant IF and reserves the right to bring them forward to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Last week, WADA held a conference call with a number of IFs outlining the next steps and answering any questions they might have. Similar conference calls have also been held with athletes and with National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs).
Background: The successful data and sample retrieval came about as a result of the 20 September 2018 decision of WADA’s Executive Committee to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), under strict conditions, to the list of World Anti-Doping Code-compliant Signatories. Under the terms of that decision, the Russian authorities were required to provide the data while also agreeing that any samples required by WADA for re-analysis would be made available by 30 June 2019. The samples had been stored and sealed off as part of a federal investigation being carried out by Russian authorities.
Further information: WADA has produced a flowchart that summarizes the three phases of the RUSADA Compliance Process and has compiled a document that summarizes the ‘Progress of the Anti-Doping System in Light of the Russian Doping Crisis’.
30/04/19 WADA LAUNCHES THERAPEUTIC USE EXEMPTION CHECKLISTS
Montreal, 29 April 2019
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to launch a series of Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) Checklists to provide guidance and support to athletes, their physicians and Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) during the TUE application process.
These new Checklists are based on the TUE Committee Guidelines (TUEC Guidelines) (Medical Information to Support the Decisions of TUECs documents); which were developed by WADA and external medical specialists primarily for TUECs. The Checklists – which cover the most commonly seen conditions – list the requirements for completing the TUE Application Form, including the medical evidence that must be submitted along with it.
Following a successful pilot project with a number of National Anti-Doping Organizations and International Federations over the last few months, we now invite all ADOs to use the Checklists in their interactions with athletes and applying physicians. We also invite stakeholders to adapt the official English versions by translating and customizing them as necessary – while ensuring that the key elements remain.
ADOs interested in making their translations available on WADA’s website are strongly encouraged to do so and to send their translations to firstname.lastname@example.org by 17 May 2019. We will be posting all TUE checklists on the WADA website after this date.
We thank you in advance for your efforts and collaboration in adopting these Checklists. Should you have any questions or wish to provide feedback, please contact email@example.com.
25/04/19 WADA WELCOMES SIGNIFICANT DECISION BY COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT
Montreal, 24 April 2019 – A newly developed method for detecting the use of prohibited substances in athletes has led to a significant and unprecedented 29 March 2019 decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in favour of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
CAS issued a final award confirming Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) in the cases of the Ukrainian track and field athletes, Olesia Povh and Olha Zemliak. Both athletes were convicted of using a prohibited substance based on the detection of non-physiological levels of testosterone in their blood serum samples following analysis in the WADA-accredited laboratories in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Seibersdorf, Austria.
The testing was initiated by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). This led to the subsequent investigation, which resulted in these important convictions. The measurement of testosterone levels in blood serum constitutes a further tool for Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) to detect and prosecute doping, even where urine samples might be reported as negative.
WADA Director General Olivier Niggli said: “WADA welcomes this decision by CAS, which could have a long-term positive impact on clean sport. I would also like to commend the AIU for their excellent work which led to this outcome. The decision sets an important precedent and this new method of detecting doping represents another way for ADOs to secure Anti-Doping Rule Violations against those who choose to cheat. It is a significant victory for clean sport and for athletes around the world.”
Significantly, CAS ruled that there could be no doubt on the evidence that the method used in measuring testosterone in blood serum was scientifically valid, paving the way for further examples of this method being used in the future.
Olesia Povh was sanctioned with a four-year period of ineligibility for intentional doping while Olha Zemliak received an eight-year period of ineligibility as it was her second violation.
07/04/19 WADA HAILS 30th ANNIVERSARY OF COUNCIL OF EUROPE ANTI-DOPING CONVENTION
Athens, 5 April 2019 – Yesterday, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Director General, Olivier Niggli, addressed a two-day conference in Athens, Greece, being held to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Council of Europe’s Anti-Doping Convention (Convention).
This year marks three decades since the Convention was open for signature – a treaty that has now been ratified by all 47 Council of Europe member countries and several other states. Arriving 10 years before WADA was formed, the Convention helped to prepare the way for the Agency’s work by standardizing and harmonizing measures to tackle doping across all boundaries.
Olivier Niggli told the conference that while the success of the Convention and many other measures in protecting clean sport were clear, now was not the time for complacency.
“Without a doubt there is much more work to be done and improvements to be made,” he said. “The fight against doping is not static. It evolves every day and none of us should rest on our laurels. Together, the Council of Europe, Member States, WADA, UNESCO, the Sport Movement and all other players within the anti-doping community must go further by improving our methods, our rules, our science, our monitoring, our education programs, our investigative capabilities and much more.
“The input of governments, such as those represented at this important conference, is paramount to going further and making a difference. We need them as a crucial part of the team. The athletes make all of us proud every day through their hard efforts, their excellence and their dedication. They act as role models for the youth and make their nations’ flags fly on the world stage. We owe them our full commitment – to protect them and the sports they love.
“Over the years, WADA has been working very closely with the Council of Europe on a range of issues, including matters related to monitoring the compliance of anti-doping programs. This partnership has allowed for a crossover of important expertise, which benefits both organizations in increasing their respective efficiency while avoiding duplication of resources.
“On behalf of WADA, I wish to thank Europe for their commitment, their investment and their relentless efforts in protecting clean sport and society.”
03/04/19 WADA INVITES STAKEHOLDERS TO CELEBRATE “PLAY TRUE DAY” ON 10 APRIL
Montreal, 2 April 2019
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) invites all of its stakeholders to join WADA in celebrating ‘Play True Day’ on 10 April along with fellow athletes, National and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations, Sports Federations, Major Event Organizers and other anti-doping stakeholders from around the world.
‘Play True Day’ is dedicated to clean sport and is intended to raise awareness among athletes, the sporting public and others about the global fight against doping. The inspiration for this initiative stems from a WADA-hosted Education Conference in 2013, which was attended by 17 South American countries that were the driving force behind 10 April being declared ‘Play True Day’. While it started as a small South American initiative, over the years, this grassroots movement has gained momentum with numerous organizations and countries from across the globe taking part.
In a spirit of solidarity among the anti-doping community, we invite you to join WADA and others by celebrating ‘Play True Day’ on your digital and social media platforms using one of the branded frames WADA has created especially for the day. Alternatively, you may wish to innovate and create your own Play True Day frame with a unique twist based on your specific sport or country. We also invite you all to use the hashtag #PlayTrueDay both in the leadup to and on the day in order to maximize the impact of the event on social media.
Also, should you have any queries or events/videos etc. that you would like to promote, please visit the Play True Day Website, or feel free to contact Nina Makuc from the Slovenian NADO at firstname.lastname@example.org, who has been a true champion of the cause.
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16/03/19 WADA LAUNCHES STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION PROCESS REGARDING THE TECHNICAL DOCUMENT FOR BLOOD ANALYTICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ATHLETE BIOLOGICAL PASSPORT (TD2019BAR)
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) launches a stakeholder consultation process to refine and revise the Technical Document for Blood Analytical Requirements for the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) (TD2019BAR). This Technical Document harmonizes the analysis of blood samples collected for the measurement of individual athlete blood markers within the framework of the ABP.
Stakeholders are invited to review the TD2019BAR and provide comments by 1 April 2019, using WADA’s online consultation platform, WADAConnect.
Once the consultation process is completed, stakeholders will be advised that the new TD2019BAR is to replace the TD2018BAR that is currently in force.
WADA’s Technical Documents provide specific technical recommendations to Anti-Doping Organizations and WADA-accredited laboratories. The Documents are refined and revised in consultation with WADA stakeholders.
For any questions related to the above, we invite you to contact email@example.com.
We thank you in advance for your feedback.
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20/03/19 WADA DETAILS ITS ENHANCED CONTINUOUS MONITORING PROGRAM FOR SIGNATORIES TO THE WORLD ANTI-DOPING CODE
In 2016, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) initiated development of its ISO9001:2015 certified Compliance Monitoring Program; and since 2017, WADA has been monitoring Signatories’ compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) mainly through the Code Compliance Questionnaire (CCQ) and the Signatory Audit program.
So far, WADA has issued Corrective Action Reports (CARs) to all 307 Signatories that received and completed the CCQ; and, work is ongoing with a number of Signatories. In addition, WADA has conducted around 30 audits on both International Federations (IFs) and National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs), with a total of 19 audits planned for 2019.
We wish to thank all Signatories for the energy and efforts that have been put into the implementation of the corrective actions, which contribute significantly to protecting the integrity of sport worldwide.
Given that the next CCQ will not be issued until early 2022 to assess the implementation of the revised Code and International Standards, which will come into effect on 1 January 2021; in early 2019, WADA launched an enhanced “Continuous Monitoring Program” for Code Signatories, which we wish to detail for you today. In short, the Continuous Monitoring Program includes the following elements:
Monitoring the entry of Doping Control Forms (DCFs) into the Anti-Doping Administration & Management System (ADAMS). Since the introduction of this initiative, DCF entry has increased globally from 60% in 2015 to 98% today. Nonetheless, as a reminder, it is critical that Signatories enter DCFs into ADAMS within 15 business days of sample collection to enable a meaningful steroidal and haematological Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) program to operate worldwide; to facilitate coordinated test distribution planning; and, to avoid unnecessary duplication in testing by Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs);
Monitoring Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) applications and decisions, both in terms of timely input into ADAMS (TUE decisions within 15 business days after the TUE Committee makes its decision) and the quality of submissions provided;
Monitoring Results Management cases to ensure that due process is followed and cases are closed in a timely fashion;
Conducting remote, post-audit review of Signatories previously audited, to ensure that compliance is maintained and does not revert back following a WADA audit;
Issuing Mandatory Information Requests (MIRs) under Article 8.6 of the International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS), if needed, to ensure compliance of activities associated with Critical or High Priority requirements; and
Monitoring ABP programs.
The purpose of the Continuous Monitoring Program is to bridge the gap between the CCQ issued in 2017 and the next release planned in early 2022, to ensure compliance of anti-doping programs worldwide and to maintain athlete confidence in the global anti-doping system.
In addition to these activities, WADA is also implementing a compliance monitoring program tailored towards the activities of Major Event Organizations (MEOs). This program will be introduced to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in advance of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Requests and reminders to Signatories
As WADA rolls out the full Compliance Monitoring Program, Signatories may receive requests and reminders from different WADA departments and will continue to receive support from WADA, including from the Regional Offices. WADA will aim to ensure that the messaging is coordinated as much as possible; however, we thank Signatories in advance for responding to the relevant departments within the deadlines provided. While we conduct this program in a cooperative spirit, we wish to remind you that under the ISCCS, if deadlines are missed, the Signatory may be reported to WADA’s internal Compliance Taskforce, which may result in it being asserted non-compliant by the Executive Committee following a recommendation from the external, independent Compliance Review Committee.
Upcoming ADAMS enhancements to assist Signatories
To support Signatories with their compliance responsibilities, a number of new functions will be released in ADAMS as the ADAMS Next Gen project progresses. In particular, a new Test Distribution Plan (TDP) and Technical Document for Sport Specific Analysis (TDSSA) monitoring tool will be introduced in the coming weeks, which will enhance the efficiency of Signatories monitoring their TDP and TDSSA compliance in real-time.
Update on WADA’s Compliance Monitoring Program
In addition to the excellent response from Signatories to increasing DCF entry in ADAMS from 60% in 2015 to 98% today, the following are some of the numerous collective achievements WADA wishes to share with Signatories:
Over 3,700 corrective actions have been implemented by Signatories to date following receipt of their CCQ Corrective Action Report (CAR).
Over 540 corrective actions have been implemented by Signatories to date following receipt of their audit CAR.
Several countries have introduced new legislation or amended their existing legislation to enhance their anti-doping programs through the Compliance Monitoring Program.
Under WADA’s enhanced Compliance Monitoring Program, only five Signatories have been declared non-compliant and three of these have been reinstated, thanks mainly to enhanced cooperation and coordination with WADA and other stakeholders.
Several Signatories have entered into partnerships with other Signatories to enhance their anti-doping programs.
WADA would like to thank all Signatories for the significant collective effort to date and looks forward to working with all involved in the continued development of the global anti-doping program.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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21/02/19 WORLD ANTI-DOPING CODE AND INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS REVIEW THE MAIN FOCUS AT 2019 WADA ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
ATHLETE SESSION BRINGS TOGETHER MORE THAN 70 ATHLETES AND ATHLETE REPRESENTATIVES TO DISCUSS
CURRENT ISSUES AND PRIORITIES
Lausanne, 14 March 2019 – A crucial review of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and its associated International Standards, as well as compliance and capturing athletes’ views were among the main themes at the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) 15th Annual Symposium held this week in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The WADA Symposium, which is the leading fixture on the anti-doping calendar, gathered close to 900 delegates from the global anti-doping community for two days of presentations, interviews, panel discussions, practical workshops and networking sessions. Athlete representatives, International Sports Federations, government representatives, National and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations, Major Event Organizers, WADA-accredited laboratories and Athlete Passport Management Units, as well as international media and other stakeholders, gathered on 13 and 14 March under the theme “Towards 2021 – Navigating the Future Together”.
2021 will be the year when the latest revised and updated Code comes into effect and the world’s anti-doping stakeholders are currently finalizing the document in time for its ratification at the fifth World Conference on Doping in Sport, which will take place in November in Katowice, Poland. In addition, the Code’s various International Standards, including those related to results management, education, compliance, testing and investigations, therapeutic use exemptions, laboratories and privacy protection were discussed at length during the Symposium.
Athletes were well represented during the conference. In particular, around 75 athlete leaders gathered from around the world for a one-and-a-half-day session for them and their representatives. The session, which was hosted by WADA’s Athlete Committee, for the first time as part of the Agency’s Annual Symposium, reinforced the importance of athletes’ involvement in clean sport. Specifically, the session addressed topics such as increased athlete representation within WADA’s governance structure, the impact the proposed changes in the 2021 draft Code may have on athletes, and the upcoming launch of ADAMS Next Gen – the latest revamped and improved version of the system.
A Symposium highlight came as WADA’s Athlete Committee members Beckie Scott (Chair) and Ben Sandford gave an update in plenary session on the progress of the development of the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights, a topic that was also discussed at length during the athlete session.
The keynote address by WADA President Sir Craig Reedie on day one, entitled ‘Unity Will Be Our Strength’, set the tone for the Symposium as he reflected on the Russian doping scandal and on the progress made since the Executive Committee (ExCo) decision in September 2018 to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) as compliant with the Code.
Sir Craig noted that the all-important data recovered from the Moscow Laboratory in January this year, once authenticated, would be used to bring more cheats to justice for the good of clean sport while exonerating others. He also pointed out that the Russian scandal had prompted the establishment of new priorities and led to significant changes that had already equipped the Agency to better navigate situations of non-compliance with the Code, including the coming into force on 1 April 2018 of the International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS), which has considerably strengthened WADA’s legal framework around cases of non-compliance.
Sir Craig said: “In light of events that have occurred since the ExCo decision on RUSADA was made last September, it has been proven to be the right course of action. It is inarguable that accessing the laboratory data was a major step forward in this saga. Now we need to make sure this 24 terabytes of data is both complete and authentic.
“In case anyone had any doubts about the usefulness of the data from the Moscow Laboratory, some recent decisions from the Court of Arbitration for Sport put that into sharp focus and reinforced the importance of ensuring that due process is followed and that evidence is carefully presented.
“We are resolutely moving forward in our determination to protect clean sport. To continue to make impactful progress on all fronts, we need to work in partnership with everyone involved in anti-doping, whether that is athletes, National and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations, sports federations, governments, scientists, medical experts, educators and others. Division helps nobody except those trying to cheat. Unity will be our strength.”
Sir Craig went on to highlight enhanced intelligence and investigations activity as well as the ongoing success of WADA’s Speak Up! whistleblower program. He then flagged that WADA’s increased activities in these areas are being helped by the May 2018 decision of the Foundation Board to approve 8% budget increases for 2019-22.
WADA Director General, Olivier Niggli, took delegates through WADA’s strategic priorities, which in addition to those outlined by Sir Craig, included in particular: harmonizing Code rules via the 2021 Code Review and simultaneous review of the International Standards; the implementation of wide-ranging governance reforms, increasing scientific and social science research; enhancing education, most notably through the development of an International Standard for Education; capacity building of Anti-Doping Organizations; and the ongoing overhaul of WADA’s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS).
Niggli said: “The 2019 WADA Symposium has been a great opportunity for everyone in the anti-doping world to come together in a spirit of cooperation, to be brought up to date on the latest events and to influence the direction in which we are going.
“As the global regulator, this year’s Symposium has been very important for WADA as we put the finishing touches to the revised 2021 Code and associated International Standards that will be ratified at the World Conference on Doping in Sport later this year.”
Another highlight of the Symposium came on day one with a panel discussion entitled ‘Looking Back and Moving Forward Together’, which focused on improving the anti-doping system in light of the Russian crisis. Moderated by the CEO of British Rowing, Andy Parkinson, it featured representatives from the Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Agency, the Government of Seychelles, UK Anti-Doping, the International Testing Agency, the United States Anti-Doping Agency and the Intelligence and Investigations Department of WADA.
With a backdrop of how the Russia situation affected the work of various anti-doping stakeholders, the lessons learned and the progress made since it came to light, the panel members discussed such issues as governance and funding of anti-doping bodies as well as the importance – and some of the goals and challenges – of scientific research, education, capacity building, compliance monitoring and investigations for the future integrity of sport.
Lastly, during the Symposium, participants heard a presentation on the consequences framework for the UNESCO Convention against Doping in Sport – currently in development – from Bram van Houten, Policy Adviser at the Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports, and a subsequent panel session that included Per Nylykke from the Danish Ministry of Culture, and Khalid Galant, CEO of the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport.
20/02/19 FINAL REMINDER TO REGISTER FOR WADA’s 2019 ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
Further to our communications of 29 November, 19 December and 4 February, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wishes to remind you that the deadline to register for the 15th edition of its Annual Symposium, which will be held on Wednesday, 13 March, and Thursday, 14 March 2019, at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland, is 26 February.
Under the theme “Towards 2021 – Navigating the future together”, this year’s Symposium will focus on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and International Standards review as we head towards November’s World Conference in Katowice, Poland. The event will also address the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights that is being developed by WADA’s Athlete Committee with the aim of including key principles within the 2021 Code.
Should you wish to register for the Symposium, please do so on the Symposium website by 26 February 2019. The website contains all relevant information regarding the event, including the detailed agenda and how to register.
Once registered, approved participants will receive a notification inviting them to download the delegate app. Via smartphone or tablet, the app will allow participants to access:
A personalized agenda with the session timings, locations and descriptions
A full list of participants
A floor plan and more event information
Also, delegates using the app will be able to add others to their “favorites” and can contact other participants directly to organize meetings in advance of the Symposium.
WADA encourages participants to make the most of this delegate app in order to maximize communications and networking opportunities in and around the event.
This year’s Symposium will also feature a special one-and-a-half-day session for athletes and athlete representatives.
As outlined in the draft agenda, this session will include speakers, workshops and interactive information sessions dedicated to engaging and educating athletes. Important matters in anti-doping such as athlete representation within the anti-doping movement, the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights, the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS), and much more will be covered and discussed.
WADA wishes to encourage all Anti-Doping Organizations to promote this event to their athletes and athlete representatives.
Please note that once approved, registration for athletes will be free.
Please note that the deadline for booking Symposium-designated hotels at a preferential rate has passed. As the number of hotel rooms in Lausanne is limited, we strongly encourage you to book your accommodation as soon as possible by contacting Lausanne Tourisme.
WADA looks forward to welcoming participants in Lausanne.
World Anti-Doping Agency