Engaging athletes’ voices is one of WADA’s top priorities. Following the success of the first ever dedicated Athlete Session in 2019, WADA is pleased to announce it will once again dedicate one full day exclusively to the athlete community. With past elite athletes Witold Bańka and Yang Yang set to assume the roles of WADA President and Vice-President respectively from 1 January 2020, the time is right for athletes to further engage with WADA in the fight for doping-free sport.

Stakeholders are kindly asked to encourage the participation of their athlete representatives, who are invited to register for free to the Athlete Session, which would then allow participation in the full Symposium. Please refer to the registration terms and conditions.

The preliminary program is available below and for download here.

08:30 Arrival / Networking
09:00 Welcome by WADA President Witold Bańka, WADA Vice President Yang Yang and WADA Athlete Committee Chair Ben Sandford
09:10 Introduction and overview of the day
09:20 General update on the global anti-doping system
09:35 The WADA Athlete committee and its priorities – The Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act, what’s next?
09:55 Athlete breakout: how can Athletes advance and support the Act?
10:10 Group reporting
10:30 Networking break
11:00 Protecting Athlete rights and accessing justice
11:05 Panel discussion
11:45 Break out – what can we do to enhance Athletes’ access to justice around the world?
12:00 Group reporting
12:15 Group Photo
12:30 Networking lunch
13:30 Athlete engagement within Anti-Doping Organizations: panel discussion
14:20 WADA’s Athlete focused developments
14:45 Networking break
15:15 Meet WADA Leadership – A Q&A with President Witold Bańka, Vice President Yang Yang and Director General Olivier Niggli
16:15 Wrap-up