Approximately 300 anti-doping experts from all over the world met in Lausanne, Switzerland earlier this week to discuss anti-doping strategies and the future of the fight against doping on the occasion of the eighth edition of WADA’s annual Symposium for Anti-Doping Organizations.
Representatives from International Sport Federations (IFs), National (NADOs) and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations (RADOs), and Major Games Organizers shared experience and ideas around the theme ‘Working Together to Further Improve the Fight against Doping in Sport’.
During the two-day Symposium, participants introduced and addressed key priorities and developments in the global anti-doping environment with an emphasis on better practice and efficacy of anti-doping programs.
“Anti-doping practices need to become more effective as the challenges become more sophisticated,” said WADA Director General David Howman (pictured below), who addressed participants with an opening speech.
“This Symposium was a very good opportunity for anti-doping organizations to discuss the way forward and recognize the need for all of us in the anti-doping community to improve the quality of our work in order to protect the clean athletes efficiently.”
In particular, participants discussed ways and means to optimize the use of existing and developing tools and strategies such as the Athlete Biological Passport, the Anti-Doping Administration & Management System (ADAMS), smart testing tactics, social science research, statistics and various forms of intelligence.
A significant part of the Symposium was devoted to identifying ways for anti-doping organizations to collaborate better and avoid duplicating activities. IFs, NADOs and RADOs presented a number of successful examples of recent partnerships and synergies.
An update on the ongoing review of the World Anti-Doping Code and a presentation of WADA’s latest education resources for stakeholders were also part of the Symposium.
The next edition of WADA’s Symposium for Anti-Doping Organizations will be held on March 19-20, 2013 in Lausanne.