Athlete Session

Under the leadership of its Athlete Committee, WADA has taken the initiative to hold for the first time as part of the Symposium a one-and-a-half day session exclusively dedicated to athlete representatives.


This session will cover topics such as the Anti-Doping Charter of Athletes’ Rights that is under development, but also the new ADAMS and other matters directly related to athletes’ experience with anti-doping.


Stakeholders are asked to encourage the participation of their athlete representatives that will participate for free.

More information on the speakers of the athlete session will be published as soon as possible.

DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY 13 MARCH 2019

A presentation and Q&A on the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights will be held in the plenary session of the Symposium from 14:30 to 15:00. At the end of that session, the Athlete Session participants will leave the plenary room and gather for the 1.5-day Athlete Session in a separate room. The Athlete Session is for athletes and athlete representatives only.

15:05

Welcome and Introduction

Beckie Scott, Chair, WADA Athlete Committee

15:10

Moderator:

Speakers:

Panel Discussion and Roundtable on “Sport, Athletes and Human Rights”

Andy Parkinson, CEO, British Rowing

Rachel Davis, Managing Director, Shift
Mary Harvey, Chief Executive, Centre for Sport and Human Rights
Gigi Alford, Coordinator, Sport and Rights Alliance; Lead, Sport and Human Rights strategy, World Players Association

15:50Break
16:05

Focus on the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights

Ben Sandford, Member, WADA Athlete Committee

Focus on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Declaration 

Lenka Dienstbach-Wech, Chair, World Rowing’s (FISA) Athlete Commission

16:15 Break-out session and open discussion/consultation on the Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights
17:15Symposium Cocktail

DAY 2 – THURSDAY 14 MARCH 2019

08:30Welcome and overview of Day 2
08:40

Presentation of ADAMS Next Gen

Stuart Kemp, Deputy Director, Standards & Harmonization; Principal, ADAMS Advancement, WADA

09:15

Presenter:

Moderator:

Speakers:

Presentation and Panel Discussion on Governance and Representation

Chiel Warners, Member, WADA Athlete Committee

Petr Koukal, Member, WADA Athlete Committee

Megumi Ikeda, Member, Japan Anti-Doping Agency Athlete Commission
Paulina Tomcyzk, General Secretary, EU Athletes
Danka Bartekova, Vice Chair, IOC Athlete Commission
Ali Jawad, Member, UK Anti-Doping Athlete Commission
Brendan Schwab, Executive Director, World Players Association
Adam Pengilly, Member, WADA Athlete Committee

10:15 Q&A and break-out session on athlete representation
11:30Lunch
13:00

Presentation from the Athlete Commission of the Japan Anti-Doping Agency on athletes’ engagement

Megumi Ikeda, Member, Japan Anti-Doping Agency Athlete Commission

13:15

Presentation and Q&A on envisaged revisions to the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code that would impact athletes

Ben Sandford, Member, WADA Athlete Committee and WADA Code Drafting Team

Elizabeth Riley, General Counsel, International Paralympic Committee; member, WADA Code Drafting Team

Julien Sieveking, Director, Legal Affairs, WADA

14:00Wrap-up and conclusions
14:15Break and return to plenary sessions of the Symposium

The last two sessions of the Symposium will consist of a summary of the Symposium discussions, including the Athlete Session (14:45-15:45) and a wrap-up session looking at the steps towards the 2019 World Conference on Doping in Sport to be held in November in Katowice, Poland (15:45-16:15).