Olympic 3000m steeplechaser, Eilish McColgan, will represent UK athletes at the 2015 “International Athlete Forum for 2020”, which is co-hosted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA).
The two-day forum, which takes place in Japan on Thursday 1 October and Friday 2 October 2015, will focus on the role of athletes and the importance of the athlete voice in global anti-doping.
Eilish was chosen by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and UK Sport to represent British athletes, and the 24 year old Scot will be joined by members of WADA’s and JADA’s Athlete Committees, including 2004 Olympic silver medallist Claudia Bokel and 2004 Olympic champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Koji Murofushi.
The athlete representatives will discuss their commitment and passion for clean sport and the integrity of sport top athletes, and young athletes in Japan are set to highlight the values of sport and their importance within society.
Eilish McColgan said:
“I am delighted to be asked by UK Anti-Doping and UK Sport to attend the athlete conference in Japan. Events like this are so important to ensure that the voices of clean athletes are heard by the anti-doping community.
“We are lucky to have a robust anti-doping programme in place in the UK. It is a programme which recognises the key role that education, and the role that athletes themselves play, in protecting sport.
“Anti-doping education is so important for athletes, and support personnel, to ensure that we can make the right choices during our careers.”
UKAD Director of Operations, Pat Myhill, who is also attending the conference said:
“Events such as the 2015 International Athlete Forum are an integral part of the global fight against doping.
“It is an opportunity for national anti-doping organisations, like UKAD, to come together with global colleagues and listen to the views of the athletes, to ensure that we are continuing to protect their sports and maintain the integrity of sport world-wide.”