Delegates attending the London 2012 anti-doping event praised the new initiative to share learning around anti-doping operations at Major Games.
The event, held on 29 and 30 January, was an opportunity for UK Anti-Doping to meet with National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) and Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs) for the next Summer and Winter Games through to 2020.
Having attended both days, International Olympic Committee Vice President Sir Craig Reedie, commended the concept and format. He said: “The creation of UK Anti-Doping originated from the right to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. From this, the organisation has developed strongly as a NADO. Its contribution to the anti-doping movement, both before and during the Games, was much praised.
"The initiative to invite future Games cities and anti-doping organisations to London has been welcomed by all present; in particular the organisation of the event which involved short general presentations followed by small working groups delivered by those with a detailed level of expertise."
In addition, representatives from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Glasgow 2014, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), and the World Anti-Doping Agency were also in attendance.
The aim of the two-day workshop was to share knowledge and skills UK Anti-Doping gained whilst supporting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Sessions considered the NADO-OCOG relationship, comparing that employed at London 2012 with the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games model, as well as pre-Games Education, Intelligence and Testing operations. The final session focused on UK Anti-Doping’s role in the IOC Taskforce during Games time.
UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson added: “Feedback from the two days has been very positive and we very much enjoyed the opportunity to host such an event.
“As well as sharing a number of key lessons we learnt in supporting anti-doping operations in the run up to and during London 2012, there was also much to learn from our partners. I hope that this event will provide us with further opportunities to work together in the future and thereby enhance the global effort to tackle doping in sport.”
Representatives from the following organisations attended the two days: Sochi 2014 and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), Rio 2016 and the Autoridade Brasileira de Controle de Dopagem (ABCD), and the Korean Anti-Doping Agency (KADA), hosts of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang. These will be joined by representatives from the cities bidding to host the 2020 Olympic Games: from Japan, the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA), from Spain, the Agencia Estatal Antidopaje (AEA), and from Turkey, the Turkish Anti-Doping Commission.