By Brad Culp on 22/04/10 at 4:30 pm
Recently, members of the ITU Anti-doping Team travelled to conferences to learn more about anti-doping and to network with people in the same field. The first conference was held in Bucharest, Romania and was a joint conference by the Association of National Anti-doping Organizations (ANADO) and the Romanian National Anti-doping Agency. There were two days of presentations and workshops on issues dealing with almost every aspect of anti-doping. This included hearing from SportAccord’s new anti-doping department, LOCOG’s plan for anti-doping at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, the management of effective and efficient testing programmes, and ANADOs own anti-doping services and quality programmes.
In addition to the conference, ANADO also held its Annual General Assembly which was chaired by ITU’s Anti-doping Director, Leslie Buchanan. The conference also allowed the ANADO members to prepare common issues for the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) Conference the following week in Lausanne, Switzerland.
At this WADA organized conference, Leslie was joined by ITU Executive Board member Ria Damgren-Nilsson (SWE), ITU’s Anti-Doping Department’s liaison to the ITU Executive Board. The WADA conference had one day of workshops on a variety of common topics for NADOs and International Federations and one day of presentations on such topics as the Athlete Passport Programme, Registered Testing Pools, and moving toward a paperless sample collection procedure. The WADA conference was opened by WADA’s Director General, David Howman, and was closed by Rune Anderson, Director of Standards and Harmonization.
There was a lot of information that was gained by attending these conferences, which will be put to use while continuing to ensure that ITU has a state of the art anti-doping programme to keep our sport clean.