Protecting the Right to Enjoy Doping-Free Sport


Tackling Doping in Sport 2016: Preview

Over the course of 9 and 10 of March, Twickenham Stadium will play host to Tackling Doping in Sport 2016.

Tackling Doping in Sport is an annual conference organised by World Sports Law Report in association with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), in which leading experts from within the sport sector congregate to discuss the latest progress and strategies employed in the fight against doping in sport.

This year’s event will bring together individuals from National and International Federations, National Governing Bodies and National Anti-Doping Organisations as well as lawyers, scientists and journalists from over 30 different countries.

The conference provides a unique opportunity for professionals within the sport sector to gain a better understanding of the current issues within the sporting landscape through presentations from key individuals as well as interactive seminars.

This year key speakers include WADA President and IOC Vice-President, Sir Craig Reedie, IOC Member and Chair of the WADA Independent Commission, Dick Pound.

Nicole Sapstead, Chief Executive, UK Anti-Doping said:

“Over the last year, the global spotlight has pointed firmly towards sport, highlighting the importance of maintaining integrity and ensuring that robust governance procedures are in place. This year’s Tackling Doping in Sport conference looks to build on that by bringing together the anti-doping community to not only reflect on what has happened but, more importantly, to discuss and develop learnings for the future.

“Every athlete has the right to compete in clean sport. Tackling Doping in Sport provides an opportunity for the sporting community to develop ideas and share knowledge so that every athlete is afforded their right to compete, and win, in clean competition."

Follow us on Twitter @ukantidoping for regular updates from the conference and let us know your thoughts on key topics by using the #TDIS2016 hash tag.

A selection of key areas to be discussed on each day of the conference can be seen below:

Day One

• Keynote Address
By Sir Craig Reedie - President, World Anti-Doping Agency / Vice President, IOC

• Findings of WADA Independent Commission Report
By Dick Pound – Chair, WADA Independent Commission / Member, IOC

• Panel discussion on athletics, Russia, IAAF and beyond
Hajo Seppelt – Journalist, ARD German Broadcast Television
Antonio Rigozzi – Partner, Levy Kaufmann-Kohler
Dr. Steven Ungerleider – Psychologist, Trustee, Global Sports Development, United States Olympic / Paralympic Committee

• Legal developments in anti-doping
By Stacey Cross – Solicitor, UK Anti-Doping,
Jeffrey Benz – Arbitrator and Mediator, 4 New Square and Agency for Dispute Resolution

• The doping placebo
By Professor Chris E. Cooper – Director of Research Impact; Head of Research (Sport and Exercise Science)

• Why must national anti-doping organisations be independent?
By Joseph de Pencier – CEO, iNADO

• Challenges after the 2015 revision – how can science help?
By Professor David Cowan – Head of Department of Forensic Science and Drug Monitoring, Kings College London
Marjolaine Viret – Attornet-at-law, Researcher University of Neuchatel

• Sports Governance
Louise Reilly – Barrister
Susan Ahern – Head of Legal and Legislative Affairs, World Rugby
Jonathan Taylor – Partner, Bird & Bird

• Mock doping trial / arbitration hearing
Paul Greene – Founder, Global Sports Advocates
Jeffrey Benz – Arbitrator and Mediator, 4 New Square and Agency for Dispute Resolution
Stacey Cross, Solicitor, UK Anti-Doping
Ian Lynam – Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys

• The Andreas Krieger story
Dr Andrea Gotzmann – CEO, NADA Germany

Day Two

• An Athletes Perspective
By David Millar – Former Professional Cyclist

• Sport case study: Focus on Major League Baseball (MLB)
By Dan Halem – Chief Legal Officer, Major League Baseball (MLB)

• Addressing the supply of PEDs through collaboration with partners
By Pat Myhill –Director of Operations, UK Anti-Doping

• 2015 WADC: what next? Priorities for the next revision
By Marjolaine Viret – Attorney-at-law, Researcher University of Neuchatel &
Emily Wisnosky – Attorney-at-law, Researcher University of Neuchatel

• Psychology of doping
By Sue Backhouse – Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Nutrition, Leeds Beckett University

• Whistleblowing in anti-doping
By Mike Morgan – Partner, Morgan Sports Law

• Governance, culture and integrity of sport
By Dr. David Hughes – Chief Medical Officer, Australian Institute of Sport and Medical Director, Australian Olympic Team, Rio 2016

• Doping and depression in sport
Mark Hovell – Partner, Mills and Reeve LLP
Nick de Marco – Barrister, Blackstone Chambers
Richard Bryan – Rugby Director, The Rugby Players Association (RPA)