From 19 to 21 September UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) hosted the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA), Japan Sports Council and Japan Sports Agency, to share best practice and knowledge ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
With memories of the England 2015 Rugby World Cup and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio still fresh in mind, JADA has begun its preparations to provide a comprehensive testing and anti-doping education programme at each of the events in the next three or four years.
At the beginning of 2015, UKAD and JADA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which set out a number of objectives aimed towards protecting clean sport and clean athletes both at home and abroad.
A key aspect of the MOU related to the structured sharing of expertise and information in relation to the hosting of major sporting events. UKAD has successfully delivered a range of contracted anti-doping services to major sporting events in the UK, from Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games to major championships and World Cups across a range of sports. As a result, UKAD is well placed to offer support and advice to our partner organisations in the build-up to future international sporting events.
Throughout the course of JADA’s three-day visit, a wide variety of topics, including education, testing, communications, intelligence gathering and results management at recent events were presented and discussed at length with a number of vital learnings achieved.
UKAD’s role as the secretariat for an International Olympic Committee Pre-Rio Anti-Doping Taskforce was also discussed as it may provide JADA with invaluable information should it be entrusted with a similar role in the run up to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
UKAD’s Director of Business Services, Philip Bunt said: “It was a pleasure to welcome our colleagues from Japan and provide vital assistance in preparation for their hosting of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“UKAD has a wealth of experience when it comes to providing anti-doping programmes at major sporting events. We are fully committed to working alongside our international partners in order to benefit clean athletes by enhancing global anti-doping programmes and major sporting events are a critical part of that strategy.”
For more information on UKAD’s involvement in major sporting events, visit the Services page.