Once again, WADA played an active role at this year’s SportAccord Convention, held from 17-22 April in Lausanne, Switzerland. The annual event, which brings together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations (IFs), gives IFs, organizing committees, cities, media, businesses and other organizations involved in sport the chance to engage with one another on a variety of issues ranging from anti-doping to sports law; as well as, media opportunities and best practices for host cities of major events.
WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie addressed the general assemblies and annual general meetings of all IF umbrella organizations over the six day convention including: the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF); the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF); the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF); the Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS); and, the International World Games Association (IWGA).
“At the end of the day, our common goal is to protect the fundamental right of every athlete to compete in clean sport” said WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie. “SportAccord provides the perfect opportunity for us to meet with major stakeholders; and, particularly, the IFs to discuss the ways in which we can work more effectively together. Effective cooperation is key to our success in the long run.”
Incoming WADA Director General, Olivier Niggli, was also on hand to deliver the keynote speech at the LawAccord Summit; during which, he gave an update on WADA’s activities, the implementation of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code (Code) as well as a roundup of intelligence and investigations projects. The event provided IF representatives and other participants with the opportunity to meet and interact with Niggli before he officially assumes his new role on 1 July 2016.
Day five of the conference included the third edition of the WADA-ARISF Anti-Doping Coaching and Training Session, which was co-hosted by Frédéric Donzé, WADA Director of IF Relations and incoming Chief Operating Officer; alongside, Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, ARISF President. The event was of particular interest to around 80 attendees given the heightened focus on doping over the past months; as well as, the increased focus on program quality.
In closing the three-hour Session, ARISF President, Rafaelle Chiulli said, “Thank you to WADA and to all the high-quality speakers that contributed to such a valuable exchange from multiple angles –- from scientific and medical to compliance and legal.” It’s clear that, together, we are resolute in our focus to protect the clean athlete,” he continued. “You are of course all invited to attend next year’s session in Aarhus, Denmark.” Echoing Mr. Chiulli, Frédéric Donzé, also spoke to the quality of the speakers and exchanges and said, “WADA is fully committed to helping you, our partners, in developing the quality anti-doping programs that serve the interests of clean sport.”
The Session included presentations by experts from WADA and other organizations such as IFs, the International Olympic Committee and the SportAccord Doping-Free Sport Unit on various topics; including in particular: IF practice of the Code and what is expected from IFs in 2016; anti-doping science; IF-laboratory collaboration; information gathering and intelligence; and, results management.
The Sessions’ presentations will be made available on www.arisf.org.
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