Over 100 attendees from across the sporting landscape met at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on Thursday 25 September for the UKAD Clean Sport Forum to discuss preparations for the implementation of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code.
The fourth annual forum provided the opportunity for UKAD to update key stakeholders on the latest developments within anti-doping and communicate best practice advice across a range of areas. The one-day event also allowed delegates to share their experiences with colleagues, network, and learn more about how UKAD can help protect their sport.
Representatives from the National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs), professional sport bodies and academics heard first from European and Commonwealth silver medallist Lynsey Sharp, who spoke about her experiences of the anti-doping system.
Addressing delegates, she said: “Doping has had a massive effect on my career so far, but I look forward to the positive impact the 2015 Code will have in the years to come."
This was followed by an update from UKAD Chief Executive Andy Parkinson, who emphasised the importance of “collective responsibility” to ensure successful implementation of the 2015 Code. During the morning session, delegates also heard from a range of speakers about the potential impact of the 2015 Code on their organisations. This included Commonwealth Games England Deputy Chef de Mission Graeme Dell and England Boxing Chief Executive Mark Abberley.
Later in the day delegates participated in a series of roundtable discussions, chaired by UKAD staff. Topics included the importance of research, education strategies and the wider impact of four-year bans.
UKAD Chief Executive Andy Parkinson said: “This is a busy time for anti-doping with the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code coming into effect in three months, along with a revised set of UK Anti-Doping Rules. To implement these changes effectively will require a collective effort from all our partners in the UK, across every sport.
“This year’s Forum was about ensuring sports have a clear understanding about their responsibility in this process, and take away best practice examples of how to manage the impact of changes. The enthusiasm of attendees was really positive, particularly during the closed CEO Forum. It is imperative that this level of interest is maintained so that every sport has an effective anti-doping strategy that will help minimise the risk of doping in the UK.”