The 3rd Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) Conference closed in Kuwait on Friday. The WADA event, which was supported by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), involved the discussion of important areas regarding the future direction of the RADO program.
WADA President Sir Craig Reedie and OCA President His Excellency Sheik Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah were joined by representatives from all 15 RADOs and Continental National Olympic Committee Associations for the four-day event, at which the need for greater collaboration and information sharing was one of the main areas discussed.
Participants agreed on a number of outcomes:
- WADA should continue to support and assist with the development of the RADOs
- WADA and RADOs will establish partnerships with key stakeholders, including Continental National Olympic Committee Associations and International Federations (IFs)
- RADO support from Governments and NOCs must be strengthened
- Activities to ensure all RADO member countries are in compliance with the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code should be prioritized
- RADO capacity and expertise must be built up through continued training and sharing of knowledge
- Work towards establishing each RADO as a legal entity will begin
- RADOs will collectively work together to strengthen their global anti-doping impact
- Anti-doping education programs are to be implemented effectively, with a strong emphasis on values-based education for youth
- A need to seek additional funding from partners to enhance the RADO program
The conference also saw the inaugural Mahmoud Ali Khalifah Award presented for the first time to Ms. Nadiah Al Shamali, Director General of the Gulf States and Yemen RADO and Manager of the OCA Anti-Doping Department and Mrs. Natanya Potoi-Ulia, Executive Officer of the Oceania RADO. Ali Khalifah, a former Director of the OCA Anti-Doping Department, was instrumental in the fight against doping in sport in Asia, especially in the establishment and development of the five Asian RADOs. Following Ali Khalifah’s passing in 2011, the award was set-up to recognize those that have contributed significantly to the RADO Program.
Further information on the RADO program can be found on WADA’s website.