The Anti-Doping Law and sport communities convened in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 15-16 March for the International Conference on the Law and Sport for the Fight against Doping.
The Conference was organized by the Saudi Arabia Anti-Doping Committee (SAADC), chaired by Dr. Saleh Konbaz, WADA Foundation Board Member, Chair of the UNESCO Convention Against Doping in Sport, under the auspices of HRH Abdullah Bin Mosaad Bin Abdulaziz , General President of Youth Welfare and Chairman of Saudi Arabia Olympic Committee, as one of the major International symposia took place since the revised World Anti-Doping Code (2015 Code) came into effect at the start of the year.
The event was held in partnership with WADA, and in cooperation with UNESCO, Interpol, the Olympic Council of Asia, FIFA, the Swiss Anti-Doping Laboratory, Anti-Doping Laboratory Qatar, UKAD and local public authorities including the Saudi Food and Drug Agency (SADF), General Directorate for Narcotics Control (GDNC), among others.
The conference included discussion on topics such as how Law and Sport plays an important part in the fight against doping in sport and how partnerships can further enhance the rights of the clean athlete under the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code. More than 200 participants from the worlds of Law and Sport focused on topics such as the UNESCO Convention, trafficking of prohibited substances, International Cooperation, Information and Investigations, and collaborations among International Federations (IFs), National Olympic Committees (NOCs), National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs), Regional Anti-Doping Organizations (RADOs), Major Event Organizations (MEOs) and Laboratories.
“The world of anti-doping can be complex, with a number of different elements required to ensure that programs are operating in an efficient and effective manner,” said WADA Director General, David Howman. “One of the key elements of success is partnerships. Partnerships can range from hosting a symposium such as this one to aligning your anti-doping organizations in order to further the clean sport cause,” added Howman.
“This two-day symposium played an important role in demonstrating how partnerships with Law and Sport can facilitate effective anti-doping programs that protect clean sport and clean athletes. For anti-doping, the rights of athletes and the athlete entourage need to continue to be protected. The responsibility of this protection rests with anti-doping organizations who need to carry out quality anti-doping programs that are supported by a robust legal framework and trusted by all.”
The conference unanimously adopted the Resolution, which highlighted the actions that all participants are required to undertake.