30 January 2020

Reminder: Register for WADA’s 2020 Annual Symposium

Fully Dedicated Session for Athletes on 19 March 2020

As first communicated on 29 November 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wishes to remind you that online registration is currently open for the 16th edition of the Agency’s Annual Symposium. The Symposium, which will be held at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland on 17-18 March 2020 will, due to the success of last year’s format, follow with an entirely dedicated Athlete Session on 19 March.

The WADA Symposium, which is the main event on the global anti-doping calendar, gathers anti-doping practitioners from around the world and provides them with the opportunity to interact and learn from one another. This year’s Symposium will once again welcome athletes, representatives from Anti-Doping Organizations, Governments, WADA-accredited Laboratories and Athlete Passport Management Units; as well as, other stakeholders such as the media, researchers and service providers -- all that are integral to clean sport.

Under the theme “Bringing the 2021 Code and Standards into action”, the 2020 Symposium will open with remarks by WADA’s new President, Witold Bańka, and Director General, Olivier Niggli; and, thereafter, aim to assist World Anti-Doping Code (Code) Signatories in their adjustment to, and implementation of, the 2021 Code and International Standards (Standards), which will enter into force on 1 January 2021. This will include sessions that:

  • Provide an overview of the most impactful changes to the Code;
  • Outline what is expected of ADOs in preparation for the 2021 Code and Standards coming into force;
  • Focus on specific International Standards;
  • Feature athletes talking about the Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act;
  • Outline how Governments can further contribute to anti-doping;
  • Look at key topics, such as social science research, doping prevalence, detection methods and ‘Next Gen’ ADAMS; and
  • To cap off day one, a session that gives participants the opportunity to interact directly with Messrs. Bańka and Niggli; as well as, WADA’s new Vice President, Ms. Yang Yang.

Athlete Session

As it relates to the dedicated Athlete Session on 19 March, under the leadership of WADA’s Athlete Committee, the Agency will once again welcome participation of athlete representatives and administrators of athlete representative bodies. Anti-Doping Organizations are kindly asked to encourage the participation of athlete representatives, who are invited to participate in the Symposium and in the Athlete Session free of charge, in order to maximize athlete attendance and voices. With former elite athletes Witold Bańka and Yang Yang having assumed their roles as WADA President and Vice-President on 1 January 2020, a strong focus will be put on athletes’ engagement in the protection of Clean Sport during these three days.

Registration and accommodation bookings

Should you wish to register for the Symposium and/or the Athlete Session (which is exclusively dedicated to athletes, athlete representatives and administrators of athlete representative bodies), please do so on the Symposium Website by 26 February 2020. The website contains all relevant information regarding the event, including the preliminary program, how to register and how to book your hotel accommodations.

The deadline for hotel bookings through the Symposium Website is 31 January 2020.

Please note that in an effort to harmonize the registration process across all WADA events, the Agency has recently updated its registration terms and conditions. We strongly recommend that all stakeholders review them before registering.
WADA looks forward to welcoming you in Lausanne as the Agency partners with all stakeholders to bring the 2021 Code and Standards into action.