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16/08/19 WADA TO DELIVER INDEPENDENT OBSERVER AND ATHLETE OUTREACH PROGRAMS AT THE 2019 AFRICAN GAMES

Montreal, 15 August 2019 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to outline its planned Independent Observer (IO) and Athlete Outreach (AO) programs for the 12th African Games, taking place from 19 to 31 August 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. The Games will involve almost 7,000 athletes from 54 African countries competing in 26 sports.

The IO and AO teams (listed below) will be active during the African Games and, respectively, will provide real-time expert advice to organizers on all matters relating to the doping control program in place, and will give athletes and their supporting teams the opportunity to learn more about anti-doping and how the anti-doping community works to protect clean sport.

WADA Director General Olivier Niggli said: “The African Games are another important event on this year’s sporting calendar as we inch closer to the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. WADA is pleased that an Independent Observer team will be present in Rabat, working alongside the African Games’ doping control team and organizers, to assess every aspect of the anti-doping program in place for the benefit of clean athletes.

“We also welcome the opportunity for a dynamic WADA outreach team to be on hand to engage and educate participating athletes and their support personnel about anti-doping and the importance of instilling clean sport values within the larger sporting community. These are key priorities for WADA and I wish to thank the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and the African Games’ organizing committee for their ongoing support in helping us to execute these programs on the ground.”

WADA’s IO team, which is composed of international experts in anti-doping, is intended to instill confidence in athletes and other stakeholders as to the quality, effectiveness and reliability of anti-doping programs being carried out at major events around the world.

The IO team will observe all aspects of the African Games’ anti-doping program, including:

  • Test distribution planning
  • Selection of competitors for testing
  • Notification of doping control
  • Sample collection procedures
  • Therapeutic Use Exemption procedures
  • Results management

The team will provide daily feedback to ANOCA and the African Games Organization Committee of Rabat 2019 (RAGOC). The team will then issue a post-event report that will include a series of observations and recommendations designed to enhance anti-doping activities at future African Games.

A WADA AO team will also be present to provide an opportunity for all competitors to engage with anti-doping in an informal and fun environment. The AO team, which will be staffed by anti-doping experts from across the African continent, will be active in the athletes’ village during the first week of the Games. The aim of the team is to raise awareness among athletes, support personnel and others as to the dangers and consequences of doping and as it relates to athletes’ rights and responsibilities under the World Anti-Doping Code.

Visitors to the AO booth will be encouraged to complete the Play True Quiz, which is now available in 43 languages, to sign a pledge explaining why they Play True, and to share their experience on social media using the hashtag #PlayTrue.

THE IO AND AO TEAM MEMBERS

The IO Team

  • Sophie Berwick (IO Chair), Anti-Doping Consultant
  • Sameh Elray (Team Manager), WADA
  • Dr. Elske Schabort, South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS)
  • Issoufou Aliou, African Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) Zone II and III

The AO Team

  • Anica Manuel Joao Neto Troso, RADO Zone VI
  • Jason Hilton Snyders, RADO Zone VI
  • Mohamed Habib Zaoui, RADO Zone I
  • Nathalie Bashala, WADA
  • Prince Addo Osei, RADO Zone VI
  • Stacy Spletzer-Jegen, WADA

15/08/19 REMINDER: WADA DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR FIFTH WORLD CONFERENCE ON DOPING IN SPORT IS 30 AUGUST

Montreal, 15 August 2019

Dear Colleagues,

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wishes to remind you that 30 August 2019 is the deadline to register for the Agency’s Fifth World Conference on Doping in Sport, whichwill take place from 5-7 November in Katowice, Poland. Stakeholders are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the deadline, as delegate status cannot be guaranteed once it has passed.

The Agency also wishes to remind you that 1 September is the deadline to book accommodation at the preferential rate negotiated for Conference participants. As the number of hotel rooms in Katowice is limited, we strongly encourage you to book your accommodation as soon as possible.

The Conference, which is being organized with the generous support of the Polish Ministry of Sport and Tourism, will convene global anti-doping stakeholders to take stock of the evolution of clean sport and engage in high-level discussion and debate about the global anti-doping program. The Conference will culminate with endorsement of the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards, which will take effect on 1 January 2021; as well as, the election of the new WADA President and Vice-President – who will assume their roles on 1 January 2020.

For further information regarding the Conference, and to register by the deadline of 30 August, please consult the Conference website that contains all relevant information, including: theprogram; the goals and objectivesintervention registration and submissionparticipation terms; and a preliminary list of confirmed speakers, which includes the following individuals, among others:

  • Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland
  • Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee
  • Witold Bańka, Incoming WADA President
  • Jean-Paul Costa, President, International Institute of Human Rights
  • Ulrich Haas, Professor of Procedural and Private Law, University of Zurich
  • Yang Yang, Incoming WADA Vice-President
  • Richard Young, Attorney and main drafter of the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code

Should you have any questions regarding the Conference, including queries relating to registration, accommodation and transport, please consult the list of key contacts on the Conference website.

We look forward to welcoming you all in Katowice.

Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency


05/08/19 WADA LIFTS PARTIAL SUSPENSION OF STOCKHOLM LABORATORY’S ACCREDITATION FOR A SPECIFIC ANALYTICAL METHOD

Montreal, 5 August 2019 – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announces that, in accordance with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL), Sir Craig Reedie, Chairman of WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo), has approved lifting the partial suspension of the accreditation of the Doping Control Laboratory at the Karolinska University Hospital (Stockholm Laboratory) as it relates to the gas chromatography / combustion / isotope ratio mass spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS) method.

The Stockholm Laboratory, which had its accreditation partially suspended for the GC/C/IRMS method on 1 August 2018, has resolved the issue that led to the partial suspension. As such, on 29 July 2019, the WADA Laboratory Expert Group recommended to the Agency’s ExCo Chairman that the partial suspension be lifted. Therefore, effective 1 August 2019, the Stockholm Laboratory, which had continued to carry out all of its other regular anti-doping activities, is no longer required to securely transport samples that require GC/C/IRMS analysis to another WADA-accredited laboratory.

“WADA is pleased to confirm that the Stockholm Laboratory’s accreditation has been reinstated twelve months after the Laboratory was partially suspended,” said WADA Director General, Olivier Niggli. “We commend the Stockholm Laboratory for their comprehensive response in addressing the issue that led to the partial suspension; and, assure athletes that they can be confident that the Laboratory is operating at the high standards required by WADA and the global anti-doping program.”

WADA is responsible for accrediting and re-accrediting anti-doping laboratories, thereby ensuring that they maintain the highest quality standards. When a laboratory does not meet ISL requirements, WADA may decide to suspend or revoke the laboratory’s accreditation. This monitoring role is conducted in conjunction with ISO/IEC 17025 assessment by independent national accreditation bodies that are full members of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).

The full list of accredited laboratories can be found on WADA’s website.


01/08/19 WADA PUBLISHES FIRST LIST OF CONFIRMED SPEAKERS FOR FIFTH WORLD CONFERENCE ON DOPING IN SPORT

Montreal, 1 August 2019

Dear Colleagues,

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to publish a first list of confirmed speakers for the Agency’s Fifth World Conference on Doping in Sport to be held from 5-7 November 2019in Katowice, Polandwhich includes the following individuals:

  • Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland
  • Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee
  • Witold Bańka, President-Elect, WADA
  • Jean-Paul Costa, President, International Institute of Human Rights
  • Ulrich Haas, Professor of Procedural and Private Law, University of Zurich
  • Yang Yang, Vice-President-Elect, WADA
  • Richard Young, Attorney and main drafter of the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code

The Conference will convene global anti-doping stakeholders to take stock of the evolution of Clean Sport; engage in high-level discussion and debate about the global anti-doping program; and, wrap up with endorsement of the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards that will take effect on 1 January 2021; as well as the election of a new WADA President and Vice President that will assume their roles on 1 January 2020.

The final list of speakers will include representatives and experts from the global anti-doping community including athletes, Anti-Doping Organizations, legal professionals, scientists, law enforcement officials, former WADA Presidents, and others.

For the evolving list of speakers, along with their biographies and scheduled presentations, please consult the Speakers/Presenters section of the Conference website. 

If you are not already registered for the Conference and wish to attend, please register on the Conference website no later than 30 August 2019. The website contains all relevant information regarding the Conference, including the program, goals and objectives, intervention registration and submission, as well as participation terms.

For any other questions regarding the Conference, please refer to the list of key contacts on the website.

We look forward to welcoming you all in Katowice.

Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency


30/07/19 WADA INDEPENDENT OBSERVER AND ATHLETE OUTREACH PROGRAMS IN ACTION AT LIMA 2019 GAMES

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to outline its Independent Observer (IO) and Athlete Outreach (AO) programs at the Lima 2019 Pan American (Pan Am) Games, which run from 26 July to 11 August; and, the Parapan American (Parapan Am) Games, to be held from 23 August to 1 September 2019.

The IO and AO teams (listed below) will be active throughout the Pan Am Games and, respectively, are providing real-time expert advice to organizers on all matters relating to the doping control program in place, and giving athletes and their supporting teams the opportunity to learn more about anti-doping and how the anti-doping community works to protect clean sport. The AO Team will also be staying on throughout the Parapan Am Games in order to conduct their activities with para-athletes and their support teams as well.

WADA Director General Olivier Niggli said: “The Pan American Games are an important event on the sporting calendar with almost 7,000 athletes from 41 American countries competing in 39 sports. In the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, it is especially important for our experienced team of observers to be present as many of the Pan Am events are qualifiers for the Olympic Games.

“In addition to our IO team, a dynamic WADA Athlete Outreach team is also on hand to provide an opportunity for all competitors to engage with anti-doping in an informal and fun environment. Raising anti-doping awareness with the world’s competing athletes and their support personnel, reminding them of clean sport values and asking them to reflect on all the reasons why they choose to play true is a critical task for the anti-doping community, and I wish to thank Pan Am Sports and the Games’ organizing committee for partnering with WADA on such an important occasion.”

WADA’s IO team, which is composed of international experts in anti-doping, is intended to instill confidence in athletes and other stakeholders as to the quality, effectiveness and reliability of anti-doping programs being carried out at major events around the world.

The IO team is observing all aspects of the Pan Am Games’ anti-doping program, including:

  • Test distribution planning
  • Selection of competitors for testing
  • Notification of doping control
  • Sample collection procedures
  • Therapeutic Use Exemption procedures
  • Results management

The team is providing daily feedback to Pan Am Sports as well as the Lima 2019 Organizing Committee. The team will then issue a post-event report that will include a series of observations and recommendations designed to enhance anti-doping activities at future Pan Am Games.

WADA’s AO team, which is staffed by anti-doping experts from across the Americas, is active in the athletes’ village during the Pan Am Games and will be active during the Parapan Am Games as well. The aim of the team is to build awareness among athletes, support personnel and others as to the dangers and consequences of doping and as it relates to athletes’ rights and responsibilities under the World Anti-Doping Code.

Visitors to the AO booth are encouraged to complete the Play True Quiz, which is now available in 43 languages, to sign a pledge explaining why they Play True, and to share their experience on social media using the hashtag #PlayTrue.

Beyond WADA’s IO and AO activities during the Lima 2019 Games, in connection with the mandate of WADA’s Prevalence Working Group, WADA and Pan Am Sports have an agreement to carry out a pilot study during the Games. Specifically, the study seeks to validate a survey method among athletes during the Games with the objective of developing a tool or set of tools to estimate the prevalence of doping in sports and countries; and, to enable measurement of the impact of anti-doping policies and actions on the prevalence of doping over time.

THE IO AND AO TEAM MEMBERS

The IO Team – Pan Am Games

  • Ilaria Baudo (Chair), WADA
  • Juan Manuel Lauria (Team Manager), WADA
  • Saul Salcedo, National Anti-Doping Organization of Panama
  • Andrés Gonzalez, National Anti-Doping Organization of Chile

The AO Team – Pan Am Games

  • Stacy Spletzer-Jegen (Team Manager), WADA
  • Edna Serra, WADA

Phase 1:

  • Patricia Esposito, National Anti-Doping Organization of Guatemala
  • Patrick Werleman, National Olympic Committee of Aruba
  • Carolina Joly, IOC Youth Change Maker, National Olympic Committee of Panama

Phase 2:

  • Jorge Laurence, National Anti-Doping Organization of Argentina
  • Paulina de la Loza, National Anti-Doping Organization of Mexico
  • Christopher Thompson, Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission

The AO Team – Parapan Am Games

  • Edna Serra (Team Manager), WADA
  • Elizabeth Gimenez, National Anti-Doping Organization of Paraguay
  • Cathlyn Pistolas, United States Anti-Doping Agency
  • Adriana Taboza, National Anti-Doping Organization of Brazil

15/07/19 WADA PUBLISHES LATEST DRAFT VERSIONS OF THE 2021 CODE AND INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS

Dear Colleagues, 

On 12 December 20174 June 2018 and 10 December 2018 respectively, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) launched the three phases of the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code Review Process(2021 Code Review Process), which also involves review of the International Standards (Standards).

Today, the Agency is pleased to publish:

I. The third draft of the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code (Code) 
II. The second drafts of the International Standards (where applicable)
III. The revised Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights (Charter)

These updated versions of the Code, Standards and Charter follow careful consideration of all recommendations and feedback received during the three phases of the 2021 Code Review Process, which came to an end on 4 March 2019. They were submitted to WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo) and Foundation Board (Board) at their respective meetings on 15 and 16 May 2019.

The whole review process will culminate with approval of the final drafts at WADA’s next World Conference on Doping in Sport, which is to be held in Katowice, Poland in November 2019; after which, the revised 2021 Code and Standards will take effect on 1 January 2021.

I. CODE

Following the third phase of stakeholder consultation on the 2021 Code, the Agency is pleased to publish:The third draft of the Code following the third review phaseTwo Redline versions of the Code (third draft v second draft and third draft v current Code)The Summary of major proposed changes following the third consultation phaseThe Comments received from stakeholders during the third consultation phaseThe Comments received on the Code, Standards and Charter from the Olympic Movementduring the third consultation phaseII. INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS

Following the second phase of stakeholder consultation on the Standards, the Agency is pleased to publish:

1.  The International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE)Clean version of the second draftRedline versions (second draft v first draft and second draft v current Standard)Summary of major proposed changesComments received from stakeholders during the second consultation phase2.  The International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS)Clean version of the second draftRedline versions (second draft v first draft and second draft v current Standard)Summary of major proposed changesComments received from stakeholders during the second consultation phase3.  The International Standard for Education (ISE)Clean version of the third draftRedline version (third draft v second draft)Summary of major proposed changesComments received from stakeholders during the second consultation phase4.  The International Standard for Results Management (ISRM). This Standard is currently undergoing a second consultation phase following the presentation of the second draft at the May 2019 ExCo meeting. The most recent documents are listed below:Clean version of the second draftRedline version (second draft v first draft)Summary of major proposed changesComments received from stakeholders during the first consultation phase5. The International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information (ISPPPI)Clean version of the second draftRedline versions (second draft v first draft and second draft v current Standard)Summary of major proposed changesComments received from stakeholders during the second consultation phase6.  The International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI)Clean version of the second draftRedline versions (second draft v first draft and second draft v current Standard)Summary of major proposed changesComments received from stakeholders during the second consultation phase7.  The International Standard for Laboratories (ISL). This version (10.0) of the Standard was approved at WADA’s May 2019 Board meeting, following a third phase of consultation requested by the WADA ExCo in November 2018. The consultation phase ran from 10 December 2018 to 4 March 2019 along with the other Standards. Version 10.0 will come into force on 1 November 2019 but will undergo further revision in 2020 to bring it in line with the 2021 Code. As such, a consultation phase will take place from December 2019 to March 2020. The most recent documents are listed below:  Clean version (10.0)Redline version (current version 10.0 v November 2018 version 10.0)Summary of major changesComments received from stakeholders during the third consultation phase8.  The International Standard for the Prohibited List is not part of the review process as it is reviewed annually via a separate stakeholder consultation.

[Note: At this point, the Code and Standard documents are available in English only.]

III.  ANTI-DOPING CHARTER OF ATHLETE RIGHTS

Following the first and only round of stakeholder consultation of the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights, which is being developed by WADA’s Athlete Committee, the Agency is pleased to publish: Clean version of the second draft Redline versionSummary of major proposed changesComments received from stakeholders [Note: The second draft of the Charter is also available in French and Spanish.]

WADA would like to thank all stakeholders for their feedback during the 2021 Code Review Process. The high quality of stakeholder feedback that was collected during the Review was instrumental to ensuring that the Code and Standards be further strengthened in protection of clean sport.

The Agency also wishes to advise stakeholders that while the official consultation phases are now over – with the exception of the ISRM (which is currently undergoing a second consultation phase) and the ISL (which will undergo further revision and stakeholder consultation as explained above) – the drafting teams will continue to accept comments and/or feedback from stakeholders to ensure that the 2021 Code and Standards, which will be further discussed by WADA’s ExCo at its last meeting before the World Conference (on 23 September in Tokyo) are as robust and comprehensive as possible.

Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency


12/07/19 WADA’S 2018 TESTING FIGURES REPORT: FOR ADO REVIEW

Dear Colleagues,

Article 14.5 of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) stipulates that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) shall act as a central clearinghouse for Doping Control Testing data and results. Accordingly, on an annual basis, the Agency publishes reports which consolidate data that have been reported by WADA-accredited laboratories via the Agency’s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS).

Today, we are pleased to provide WADA’s 2018 Testing Figures Report, which is broken down into the following four sub-reports. They represent analyses conducted by the WADA-accredited laboratories in 2018, in- and out-of-competition, for urine, blood and the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP).

The sub-reports are:Laboratory reportSport reportTesting Authority reportABP (blood analysis)WADA is providing you, Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs), with these reports in advance of their public distribution, inviting you to review your respective testing data and verify the data via ADAMS. We would ask you to provide comments no later than 26 July 2019 via WADAConnect, the Agency’s online consultation platform. Easy to use, WADAConnect will prompt you to create a user account and input your comments.

[For further information related to WADAConnect, please refer to the simple user guide.]

Furthermore, and in order to facilitate this process, the Agency would encourage you to refer to the Reporting Guide to Monitor Testing, which will guide you in compiling and verifying your respective results in ADAMS, including the Adverse Analytical Findings (AAFs) and Atypical Findings (ATFs) related to samples from your testing programs.

Should you have any questions regarding the Testing Figures Report, please contact statistics@wada-ama.org.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and remain available to respond to any questions that you may have in this regard.

Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency


10/07/19 WADA PUBLISHES 2018 MONITORING PROGRAM FIGURES

Dear Colleagues,

Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) publishes the 2018 Monitoring Program Figures, which provides data for substances by sport which were not on the 2018 Prohibited List but that were monitored during 2018 in order to detect patterns of misuse in sport; and, potential inclusion on the Prohibited List.

Article 4.5 of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) states that “WADA, in consultation with signatories [of the Code] and governments, shall establish a monitoring program regarding substances which are not on the Prohibited List, but which WADA wishes to monitor in order to detect patterns of misuse in sport. […] WADA shall make available to International Federations and National Anti-Doping Organizations, on at least an annual basis, aggregate statistical information by sport regarding the additional substances.”

Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency


09/07/19 WADA HIGHLIGHTS PROCESS FOR REGISTERING AND SUBMITTING INTERVENTIONS FOR THE WORLD CONFERENCE

Dear Colleagues,

On 21 March, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) opened registration for the Agency’s Fifth World Conference on Doping in Sport, which will take place from 5-7 November 2019 in Katowice, Poland. Today, WADA is pleased to highlight the process for registering and submitting interventions for the World Conference.

Just as the entire 2021 World Anti-Doping Code (Code) Review Process has been open and collaborative, it is important that WADA affords delegates the opportunity to intervene publicly during the Conference Plenary Sessions related to the Code.

Please note that only delegates can publicly intervene; and that, priority will be given to those that register to intervene prior to the Conference. Due to the high number of interventions expected, they will be limited to three minutes each. In the event that more intervention requests are received than available slots, WADA will be required to prioritize the interventions and/or possibly shorten the time offered.

For delegates:

  1. To register interventions

Delegates who wish to make an intervention during the Plenary Sessions (related to the Code) should register their interest via e-mail to: worldconference2019@wada-ama.orgby 4 October 2019.

The same process applies to delegates who wish to make an intervention during the Side Sessions of the Conference where the focus will be on the various International Standards and the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights.

  1. To submit interventions

Delegates who wish to make an intervention in Katowice are strongly encouraged to provide an advance copy of their written document in English and/or French via e-mail to: worldconference2019@wada-ama.orgby 21 October 2019.

Written documents should be a maximum of two A4 (or letter size) pages in length (approximately 400-500 words).

All documents will be posted on the Conference website as soon as possible after the relevant session.

For non-delegate participants:

While non-delegate participants are welcome to submit a written contribution (via e-mail to worldconference2019@wada-ama.org), the Agency will not be able to accommodate these submissions with an intervention slot during the Conference Plenary Sessions.

Subject to available time, non-delegate participants may be able to deliver an intervention during the Conference Side Sessions. It is intended that non-delegate submissions will also be posted on the Conference website after the relevant session, regardless whether an intervention slot was afforded or not.

Please note that the full intervention registration and submission process can be found on the World Conference website.

Should you have any questions regarding the intervention process, or general inquiries regarding the event, please refer to the list of key contacts on the Conference website.

We look forward to welcoming you all in Katowice.

Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency


05/06/19 WADA PUBLISHES OFFICIAL PROGRAM FOR FIFTH WORLD CONFERENCE ON DOPING IN SPORT

Dear Colleagues,

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.

Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency


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:

Doping control
Whereabouts
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 adel@wada-ama.org.

Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency


06/05/19 2020 WADA PROHIBITED LIST: STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION

Montreal, 1 May 2019

Dear Colleagues,

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 violet.maziar@wada-ama.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 violet.maziar@wada-ama.org.

Thank you in advance for your organization’s feedback.

Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency


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

Dear Colleagues,

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 medical@wada-ama.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 medical@wada-ama.org.


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

Dear Colleagues,

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 nina.makuc@sloado.si, who has been a true champion of the cause.

Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency


16/03/19 WADA LAUNCHES STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION PROCESS REGARDING THE TECHNICAL DOCUMENT FOR BLOOD ANALYTICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ATHLETE BIOLOGICAL PASSPORT (TD2019BAR)

Dear Colleagues,

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 athletepassport@wada-ama.org.

We thank you in advance for your feedback.

Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency


20/03/19 WADA DETAILS ITS ENHANCED CONTINUOUS MONITORING PROGRAM FOR SIGNATORIES TO THE WORLD ANTI-DOPING CODE

Dear Colleagues,

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 compliance@wada-ama.org.

Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency


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

Dear Colleagues,

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.

REGISTRATION

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.

DELEGATE APP

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
Speaker biographies
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.

ATHLETE SESSION

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.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

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.

Best regards,

World Anti-Doping Agency