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Legal Director Graham Arthur previews Tackling Doping in Sport 2013

Tackling Doping in Sport 2013 takes place at Twickenham Stadium on 13-14 March, bringing together over 250 of the world’s anti-doping experts to discuss ongoing issues in the fight against doping.

Ahead of this year’s conference, UK Anti-Doping Director of Legal Graham Arthur has highlighted what he believes to be the hot topics for discussion. He said: “Collaboration between sport, law enforcement and government is absolutely fundamental to addressing doping effectively.”

The conference plays host to a range of interactive discussions and talking points around the efforts to combat doping in sport. This year’s headline topics will include international co-operation to combat doping in sport, the development of non-analytical anti-doping cases, scientific developments in the detection of doping and the World Anti-Doping Code Review.

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Arthur (left) suggested that these themes are a key component in UK Anti-Doping’s objectives for 2013.

He said: “The Lance Armstrong case shows that you need effective partnerships, but it’s a two-way process and everybody needs to recognise that. Intelligence-based investigations are always built around a number of little pieces of information that are held by different organisations, and if they aren’t shared then progress will be slow.

“This year, we’re trying to do more to encourage the sharing of those little pieces to enable all parties to deal with crime and doping as effectively as we can.”

Elsewhere at the conference, Arthur himself will be leading a round-table discussion on amendments to the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, which sees a harder stance on serious anti-doping violations.

Athletes found to be using anabolic steroids, human growth hormones, masking agents, or involved in trafficking and prohibited methods will now face a minimum four-year ban, double the length in the current Code.

Arthur also feels the new provisions now give greater anonymity to athletes who provide information to anti-doping authorities. He said:

“The difficulty is that nobody likes to be seen as an informer, but it now offers confidentiality so that it is not apparent to the person on whom ‘substantial assistance’ was given where that information came from.”

Tackling Doping in Sport will also be looking at recent developments in the fight to tackle doping, including a view from both legal and testing and detection standpoints, as well as mock testing procedures, polygraph test demonstrations and much more over the two days.

Speakers also include representatives from the World Anti-Doping Agency, Anti-Doping Norway, Japan Anti-Doping Agency, the US Olympic Committee, the Australian Football League and the UK Polygraph Service. For more information on this year’s programme, please visit www.tacklingdopinginsport.com.

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