There will be three workshop sessions during the Symposium:

  • Session 1 (1 A to F) on Thursday 22 March 2018, from 14:00 to 17:30
  • Session 2 (2 A to C) Special Governments on Thursday 22 March 2018, from 14:00 to 17:30 – open only to Governments, NADOs and RADOs
  • Session 3 (3 A to H) on Friday 23 March 2018, from 9:00 to 12:30

Some sessions will be repeated twice as they will slightly change depending on the following target audience:

  • IFs & MEOs
  • NADOs & RADOs
  • Developing ADOs
  • Advanced ADOs
  • Governments

You may select the sessions available to you during the registration process or decide to hold meetings and network instead.

Session 1A & 1D - Pre-Games Taskforces: Past, Present and, Future

Drawing on past and current experiences, this interactive workshop will highlight the successes and challenges faced by Pre-Games Taskforces in their quest to ensure that athletes are subject to an adequate level of testing leading into a major event.  Using the IOC/WADA 2018 PyeongChang Pre-Games Taskforce as an example, active participation will be sought to discuss the lessons learned thus far, the importance of collaboration between Major Event Organizers (MEOs), IFs and NADOs, and the future of Pre-Games Taskforces.

Target Audience: All

Richard Budgett, Medical and Scientific Director, IOC;
Carolyn Chmiel, Commonwealth Games Taskforce Manager, ASADA;
Pedro Goncalves, Project Manager, Doping-Free Sport Unit (DFSU), GAISF;
Karine Henrie, Manager, Standards and Harmonization,WADA

Session 1B & 1F - Moving from Testing to Strategic Testing (Performance)

In a time when athletes should be tested regularly and resources remain limited, what can ADOs do to best exploit their testing to protect clean sport? This workshop will present concrete examples on how data available to an ADO, including ABP, performance and intelligence data, can reshape Testing Plans in making the most of each test.

Target Audience: NADOs & RADOs / IFs & MEOs

Stéphane Bermon, Director of the Health and Science Department, IAAF;
Stuart Kemp, Deputy Director, Standard and Harmonization, WADA;
Sergei Iljukov, Sports Medicine Physician, Sports and Exercise Medicine Clinic, Terveystalo Lahti (Finland);
Jakob Mørkeberg, Scientific Consultant, Anti Doping Denmark;
Pierre-Edouard Sottas, Senior Advisor, WADA

Session 1C - International Cooperation – Latest Development and Success Stories

This workshop will discuss how partnerships have helped ADOs further enhance and develop their anti-doping programs. Through case studies the session will also look at how effective partnerships have evolved and the key success factor that have lead to these productive partnerships.

Target Audience: All

Reid Aikin, Manager, Athlete Biological Passport, WADA;
Olivier Banuls, Deputy Director, CADF;
Rüştü Güner, General Director, Turkish Anti-Doping Commission;
Rob Koehler, Deputy Director, WADA

Session 1 E - Sharing Experiences of Successful Storage and Re-Analysis Programs

With the evolution of analytical techniques and intelligence gathering, an effective testing program lasts more than one Olympic Games cycle. What are the implications of these special measures to protect clean athletes? This workshop will bring the IOC and ADOs’ experiences on how to properly store samples and run a re-analysis cycle under WADA International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI) and International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) requirements.

Target Audience: All

Dr. Andrea Gotzmann, Chair Executive Board, German NADO;
Tiia Kuuranne, Head of Laboratory, Lausanne Accredited Laboratory;
Jean-Pierre Morand, Attorney at Law, Partner, Kellerhals-Carrard;
Olivier Rabin, Senior Executive Director, Sciences and International Partnerships, WADA;
Neil Robinson, Anti-doping and Project Manager, Medical and Scientific Department, IOC;
Francesca Rossi, Director, CADF

Session 2A - Global Anti-Doping Governance (WADA, UNESCO, One Voice Committee) – Roles and Responsibilities – Who Does What? What are their Priorities Moving Forward? How Do we Ensure that there are Complementarities?

These three entities are achieving important goals for the fight for clean sport. Through the International Convention against Doping in Sport, UNESCO provides the legal framework under which Governments address anti-doping issues. Through the World Anti-Doping Code, WADA provides the framework under which anti-doping programs are developed. The newly created One-Voice Committee provides a forum for Governments to develop common views and better-informed strategic positions on current and emerging anti-doping issues. This workshop will provide information on each entity’s priorities and will allow for discussions on how they align to make the global anti-doping governance as efficient as possible.

 Target Audience: Governments, NADOs & RADOs

René Bouchard, Advisor, Government Relations, WADA;
Sergey Khrychikov, Head of Sport Conventions Division, Council of Europe;
Rodney Swigelaar, Director, African Office, WADA

Session 2B - The Manufacture, Sale and Supply of Prohibited Substances - What is Being Done? What are the Challenges?

A lot is being said on how to prevent athletes from doping and the investments made in education, research and testing.  But what about tackling the origin of the problem? What has been done to combat the production and trafficking of prohibited substances? What are the challenges? Who is responsible for taking up this fight? This workshop will address these issues in light of Article 8 of the “UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport (2005)”.

Target Audience: Governments, NADOs & RADOs

Aklilu Azazh, President, National Anti-Doping Organization of Ethiopia;
Clement De Maillard, Project Manager, INTERPOL;
Nick Paterson, Chief Executive Officer, Drug Free Sport New Zealand;
Gunter Younger, Director Intelligence and Investigations, WADA

Session 2C - Governments / NADO-RADO : How to Ensure an Effective Relationship?

The relationship between Governments and the NADO/RADO operating in the same country is crucial to a successful national anti-doping program. This workshop will focus on the key questions surrounding this relationship: operational independence, accountability, funding, compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and the UNESCO Convention, involvement in global anti-doping governance, etc.

Target Audience: Governments, NADOs & RADOs

Maria Crisci, Office for Sport of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Italy;
Alessia Di Gianfrancesco, Head of Science and Anti-Doping Controls, NADO Italy;
Kenny Lee, Deputy Director, Doping Control Division, KADA (South Korean NADO);
Dr. Rogério Sampaio, Vice-Ministry of Sport – Brazil Minister, Brazil;
Roh Taekang, Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of South Korea;
Sandro Teixeira, Director of Information and Education, Autoridade Brasileira de Controle de Dopagem (ABCD)

Session 3A & 3E - Intelligence & Investigations
  • Introduction of the Anti-Doping Intelligence and Investigations Network set up and chaired by WADA Intelligence & Investigation (I&I) Department.

Since the creation of an I&I Department  in 2016, the first Anti-Doping Intelligence and Investigations Network (ADIN) meeting took place on 23 -24 May 2017 at the Interpol General Secretariat in Lyon, France. This meeting gathered a group of anti-doping investigators and analysts and discussed the future of the Network.

  • Three levels will compose the future Anti-Doping Intelligence and Investigations Network

The experience of investigators and analyst throughout Anti-Doping organizations varies significantly. Different levels of experience and expertise need to be addressed differently to facilitate the transfer of knowledge.

In this regard, this workshop will introduce the three levels composing ADIN:

Level 1: ADOs which are planning to establish an I&I Unit or have no experience in investigations and analysis

Level 2: ADOs having an Intelligence and Investigations unit and carrying out investigations

Level 3: investigators and / or analysts with dedicated specific skills

  • Example of good practices and cooperation among ADOs

This workshop will provide examples of good practice among ADOs regarding Intelligence and Investigations. More specifically, it will focus on how, through MoUs, ADOs with Level 3 investigators can support Level 1 ADOs interested in setting up intelligence and investigations departments.

  • Successful cooperation with Interpol

INTERPOL is a key stakeholder of ADIN and works closely with WADA I&I department. An Interpol representative will provide an update on OP Barium and Project Energia and how INTERPOL can be used through the Network.

Target Audience: NADOs, RADOs & Governments / IFs & MEOs

Thomas Blyverket, Consultant and Advisor, Antidoping Norway (AND);
Birgit Haukland, Consultant and Advisor, Antidoping Norway (AND);
Mathieu Holz, Investigator, Intelligence and Investigations, WADA;
Günter Younger, Director, Intelligence and Investigations, WADA

Session 3B & F - Ensure your Organization Makes it Right on Data Protection

Questions relating to protecting personal information are becoming increasingly important and the anti-doping community is naturally affected. Conducting an anti-doping program in compliance with the Code involves the collecting, use and, on occasion, transfer of information concerning athletes, such as their whereabouts or therapeutic use exemption information. In January 2015, WADA enacted the International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information. Its application by Anti-Doping Organizations is part of the Code monitoring program conducted by WADA. This workshop has the objective of presenting, in a detailed and practical manner, the obligations of each ADO, in order to ensure that their management of personal information is compliant with this International Standard. The implications of the new European legislation (General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR) that will come into force in Spring 2018 will also be addressed.

Target Audience: IFs & MEOs / NADOs, RADOs & Governments

Daniel Cooper, Lawyer, Covington & Burling LLP;
Lars Mortsiefer, CEO, NADA Germany;
Florence Rangeon, Manager, Governement and NADO Relations, WADA;
Julien Sieveking, Legal Affairs Director, WADA;
Andreas Zagklis, Legal Director & General Counsel, FIBA

Session 3C - Dealing with the Consequences of a Laboratory Suspension

Recent episodes of laboratories’ suspensions or revocations show that all ADOs have to be prepared to face such situations with extremely short reaction time. This workshop will talk about the consequences of a laboratory suspension/revocation and what preventive and reactive measures shall be taken to prevent major disruption in an anti-doping program.

Target Audience: All

Osquel Barroso, Deputy Director Science, WADA;
Henrique Pereira, Director, Brazilian Doping Control Laboratory;
Francesca Rossi, Director, Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF);
Marthinus van der Merwe, Director, South African Doping Control Laboratory

Session 3D & G - Athlete Biological Passport (ABP)

The haematological module of the ABP has become central to anti-doping programs, in particular in endurance sports. This workshop will cover the critical elements that constitute a successful blood ABP program and how to integrate these into a program that meets the sport-specific testing requirements. Two sessions will be available for this workshop, one geared towards ADOs with existing blood ABP programs, and one for ADOs currently implementing blood ABP programs.

Target Audience: Developing ADOs / Advanced ADOs

Reid Aikin, Manager, Athlete Biological Passport, WADA;
Rüştü Güner, General Director, Turkish Anti-Doping Commission;
David Ho, Science and Results Manager, World Rugby;
Dr Marcia MacDonald, Deputy Director, Athlete Biological Passport, WADA;
Kate Mittelstadt, Director, IRONMAN Anti-Doping Program

Session 3H - Building Capacity for New ADO Staff

Anti-doping in sport is a very specialized field where new ADO staff often have limited anti-doping knowledge when hired. As the anti-doping workforce continues to expand, there is a need to ensure ADO personnel have opportunities to build their anti-doping capacity in an effective way. This workshop will review the tools currently available to new ADO staff to assist in building their capacity and identify gaps that need to be addressed. Staff from NADOs, RADOs and IFs will be asked to share their experiences in integrating new staff into their programs.

Target Audience: New Anti-Doping Staff

Shafag Huseynli, CEO, NADO – Azerbaijan;
Marco Ienna, Anti-Doping Manager, WT;
Tom May, Deputy Director, NADO/RADO Relations, WADA;
Sasha Sutherland, Executive Director Caribbean RADO

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