17 February 2020

Media invitation to WADA’s 2020 Annual Symposium

Deadline to register is 26 February 2020

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce that online registration is now open to media for Day 1 of the Agency’s Annual Symposium, which will be held at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland from 17-18 March 2020.

The WADA Symposium, which is the main annual 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. The Symposium will once again welcome athletes, representatives from Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs), 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 President, Witold Bańka, and Director General, Olivier Niggli, and thereafter, will consist mainly of technical/practical sessions intended to assist World Anti-Doping Code (Code) Signatories in their implementation of the 2021 Code and International Standards (Standards), which will enter into force on 1 January 2021.

Media-Focused Program for Day 1: 17 March

As outlined below, we propose that the media attend session 1-4 of the morning program with all the Symposium delegates; however, given the technical/practical focus thereafter, we propose a Media-Focused Program that we believe will be more pertinent.




Session 1: Welcome


Session 2: Opening remarks by WADA President and Director General




Session 3: An overview of the most impactful changes to the Code and Standards


Session 4: What is expected of ADOs in preparation for the 2021 Code and Standards?


Media Conference hosted by Witold Bańka and Olivier Niggli




One-on-one interview opportunities with Witold Bańka and Olivier Niggli



16:30 – 18:00

Information Session for media regarding Operation LIMS with Gunter Younger, WADA Director of Intelligence and Investigations

Registration to the Symposium
Should you wish to register for the Symposium please do so on the Symposium website by 26 February 2020. The website contains all relevant information regarding the event, including how to register and how to book your hotel accommodations.

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.

One-on-one Interview Requests

For one-on-one interview requests, please contact Maggie Durand, Manager, Media Relations and Communications at Maggie.durand@wada-ama.org. It should be noted that, while we will do our utmost to accommodate as many requests as possible, we cannot guarantee that every outlet will receive a one-on-one time slot. We thank you in advance for your understanding in this regard.

WADA looks forward to welcoming you in Lausanne for this event.