Athlete participation strongly encouraged
Further to our communication of 29 November, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wishes to remind you that online registration is now open 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. Contrary to recent years, the Symposium will be a two-day event versus three in light of WADA’s World Conference on Doping in Sport that will be held in November 2019, in Katowice, Poland.
The WADA Symposium, which is the main event on the annual global anti-doping calendar, is a unique and practical event that offers anti-doping stakeholders the opportunity to gather, interact and learn from one another. The Symposium is designed for anti-doping practitioners from International Federations, National and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations and Major Event Organizations; representatives from Governments, Athlete Commissions, WADA-accredited laboratories and Athlete Passport Management Units; as well as, other stakeholders such as the media, researchers and service providers that are integral to clean sport.
Under the theme “Towards 2021 – Navigating the future together”, this year's agenda will focus on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and International Standards review as we head towards the World Conference. The event will also address the Anti-Doping Charter of Athletes’ Rights that is being developed by WADA’s Athlete Committee with the aim of including key principles within the 2021 Code.
WADA warmly welcomes the participation of athlete representatives (who will participate for free). Under the leadership of WADA’s Athlete Committee, a one-and-a-half-day session will be held that will be exclusively dedicated to athlete representatives, which will cover the Anti-Doping Charter of Athletes’ Rights; and, other key topics such as the new ADAMS and other matters that directly relate to an athlete’s experience with anti-doping. In order to maximize the athletes’ voice, Anti-Doping Organization stakeholders are asked to encourage the participation of their athlete representatives.
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 draft Agenda, how to register and how to book your hotel accommodations.
WADA looks forward to welcoming participants in March, in Lausanne, for what promises to be a pivotal event that will lead to positive outcomes for clean sport.