The two-day Tackling Doping in Sport Conference took place at Twickenham Stadium on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 March 2013, bringing together the world’s leading experts in the field of anti-doping.
World Anti-Doping Agency Director of Education and Program Development Rob Koehler kicked off proceedings on the first day with his presentation ‘Preventing Doping through Education’, recommending that education figures more prominently in the World Anti-Doping Code.
He also explained that education should be considered a vital component in deterring athletes from doping, saying: “We need to change people’s mindset before they go down the route of doping, and especially the younger generation. This can only be fully achieved through coherent education programmes.”
The 250 delegates present also heard about difficulties organisations face with the current testing-focussed regime and how they are being overcome. Thomas Capdevielle of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) explained how his organisation is launching a satellite laboratory in Eldoret, Kenya to allow for blood collection in remote areas.
The programme on the second day of the conference focussed on the World Anti-Doping Code review, with delegates invited to partake in round table discussions on specific provisions of the 2015 Code, as well as the use of intelligence to combat doping.
Volkan Topalli, Associate Professor at Georgia State University provided a criminological perspective on deterrence while Anders Solheim, Chief Executive of Anti-Doping Norway discussed bilateral collaboration between national anti-doping organisations and law enforcement agencies.
Those present also had the opportunity to witness a demonstration of the Polygraph test led by Terry Mullins from UK Polygraph Services and a mock hearing led by the National Anti-Doping Panel. Brett Clothier, Integrity Manager of the Australian Football League, gave the final presentation of the two days, providing an insight into the role of a sport’s integrity unit in fighting doping.
Dean Hardman, Operations Manager, Rugby Football League, said: “Tackling Doping in Sport is a great forum for bringing together anti-doping experts from around the world to share and discuss current and future challenges. I found Volkan Topalli’s session on ‘Deterring Athletes from Doping: A Criminological Perspective’ particularly interesting and valuable and enjoyed being able to catch up with colleagues over the two days.”
David Herbert, Anti-Doping Manager, UK Athletics, added: “The conference had some really interesting and thought-provoking presentations across a wide range of areas of interest for the anti-doping community. It was also a great opportunity to catch up with existing colleagues and also make some new contacts over the course of the two days.”
Launched in 2008, Tackling Doping in Sport is organised by World Sports Law Report, in partnership with UK Anti-Doping and Squire Sanders. For the full conference programme, please visit www.tacklingdopinginsport.com