26 April 2019
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WADA Education Committee meets to discuss the future of Clean Sport education

On 23-24 April, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Education Committee met at WADA’s headquarters in Montreal. The Committee, which is chaired by U.S. Olympian, Edwin Moses, is also comprised of 12 other education experts from around the world. 

The Committee also welcomed four observers; namely, a member of WADA’s Athlete Committee, the Chair of WADA’s Social Science Research Review Panel, a representative from UNESCO and a representative from the Council of Europe.

During the two-day meeting, Committee members, observers and WADA staff had robust conversations on key advances that will provide greater protection for athletes and Clean Sport, such as:

  • The International Standard for Education (ISE) -- a new Standard being developed as part of the World Anti-Doping Program, which will be put forward for approval during WADA’s next World Conference on Doping in Sport in November 2019; and that, will take effect on 1 January 2021;
  • WADA’s Social Science Research Grant Program, which, since its creation in 2005, has awarded over USD 3.5 million towards approximately 100 projects to ensure that preventive anti-doping education programs are designed using an evidence-based approach; 
  • Education program development, including WADA’s Anti-Doping e-Learning platform (ADeL), which was launched in January 2018 and now has almost 30,000 subscribers;
  • Strengthening partnerships within and outside the anti-doping community; and
  • Short- and long-term strategy.

Catherine MacLean, Director, Education and Communications, said: “Clean sport education, which is a key prevention strategy under the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), seeks to help athletes and others avoid inadvertent anti-doping rule violations; and, to promote behavior that is in line with the values of Clean Sport. It’s clear that an athlete’s first experience with anti-doping should be through education rather than doping control. The Committee and WADA Management are determined to make this a reality.”

The full meeting outcomes will be posted to WADA’s website in the coming weeks; and, the Education Committee Chair will present these outcomes for discussion during the WADA Foundation Board meeting on 16 May.

The Education Committee, which is one of five Standing Committees of WADA, has a mandate to provide advice, recommendations and guidance to WADA's Management with respect to short-term education strategies and activities, and longer-term approaches to WADA's education programs. It is also involved in the selection process of WADA-funded social science research projects.