February 26, 2010
World Sports Law Report has responded to recent developments in anti-doping law and regulation by organizing Tackling Doping in Sport 2010.
The timely event, hosted by sports law experts Hammonds LLP on February 24, 2010, brought together global leaders in anti-doping for an in-depth examination of the issues.
A world-class speaker line-up, including Travis Tygart, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Andy Parkinson, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), Pat McQuaid, Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), and Francoise Dagouret, SportAccord Doping Free Sport Unit ensured top-level presentations, and the interactive format encouraged healthy debate amongst the impressive range of participants. The conference drew anti-doping bodies and sporting organizations from around the world.
Travis Tygart, CEO of USADA, provided background information on USADA’s structure, history and work, its use of intelligence with specific case examples, and an overview of anti-doping proceedings in the U.S. Fresh from a breakthrough positive test for HGH, Chief Executive of the newly-formed UK Anti-Doping, Andy Parkinson, provided participants with a comprehensive presentation on the operations of UK Anti-Doping and the use of intelligence in the fight against doping. Speaking after the event, he said “The conference is a super initiative and I would like to thank World Sports Law Report for organizing the event. It was extremely informative and generated much debate, which in turn enhanced the collective knowledge and expertise of the delegates present. I was delighted that UK Anti-Doping was a part of the day and grateful for the opportunity to present on what the future holds for our organization”.
Delegates at Tackling Doping in Sport benefited from a detailed presentation by UCI President Pat McQuaid explaining the use of blood profiling in cycling as a method of detecting abnormalities in the blood that could indicate doping. Iain Higgins of the International Cricket Council, Ian Smith of the Professional Cricketer’s Association, and Simon Bowden of the Rugby Football Union provided the perspective of sport governing bodies on the application of the ‘Whereabouts’ provisions at national and international level, the use of WADA’s Anti-Doping Administration Management system and more.
Erika Joyce of World Sports Law Report commented “The conference was a testament to the team at World Sports Law Report, the range of expert speakers and the calibre of industry delegates could not have been better. Even the highest level attendees felt they gained by being there and taking part in debate on the use of intelligence, whereabouts, social drugs and cutting edge legal breakthroughs – the issues really playing on the minds of anti-doping professionals. The event is fast becoming the premier event in the world on anti-doping law and regulation, providing invaluable access to insider information on the legal and scientific aspects of anti-doping.”
World Sports Law Report offers free monthly sports updates by email, with details of upcoming events. Sign up at http://www.e-comlaw.com/updates.asp. Full Tackling Doping in Sport program and event information is available at http://www.e-comlaw.com/tacklingdopingsport/. For more information on World Sports Law Report or Tackling Doping in sport 2010 please contact Erika Joyce on +44 (0)20 7012 1383 or at email@example.com.
USADA is the non-profit, independent and non-governmental entity responsible for the testing and results management process in the U.S. for athletes in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, upholding the Olympic ideal of fair play, and representing the interests of athletes. USADA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs. The agency manages a drug reference phone hotline as well as the Global Drug Reference Online at www.GlobalDRO.org, conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as curriculums, themed brochures and nutrition and dietary guides, easy-reference wallet cards for the prohibited substance list, periodic newsletters, and protocol and policy reference publications, all of which can be found at www.USADA.org.