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Wednesday 07, Oct 2015

  CCES And WADA Join Hands To Drive Anti-Doping Education Strategies Forward

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The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), in partnership with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), welcomed experts from the anti-doping industry on 2 and 3 October to a value-based education conference in Ottawa to improve global anti-doping education initiatives.

The event was attended by representatives from 61 National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs), 18 International Federations (IFs), 4 Regional Anti-Doping Organizations (RADOs), and 17 researchers from 50 countries. One hundred and fifty-one people from an additional 26 countries participated in this conference through live streaming. Purpose of this meet was to examine how initiatives on a global level can be advanced by anti-doping organizations by utilizing the collective knowledge of Anti-Doping Organizations and researchers worldwide.

The first day of the conference was based on the requirement of astute education programs to help in educating the world on preventing doping via examination of current research methods and discussions about how these schemes can be put into action. On the following day, broad debates happened on how this research would be important to help in planning anti-doping education strategies across the world.

Rob Koehler, WADA Senior Director, Education and NADO/RADO Relations, said WADA and industry experts recognize that collaboration is paramount to the success of the clean sport campaign. Koehler added the Conference was the ideal forum to discuss ways of addressing global issues, with local sensitivities, with the goal of implementing effective information and education programs. The WADA Senior Director added there is a clear message that all leaders must invest in values-based education to ensure that we have more effective research-based education going forward and also remarked that effective education has the power to prevent doping and, in so doing, effect positive change on society as a whole.

All participants committed to adopt key resolutions that include WADA, NADOs, RADOs, and IFs must devote more financial and human resources to values-based anti-doping education programs. It was also committed that the World Anti-Doping Agency must convene a follow-up conference before 2018 for examining the state of this important area of work and evaluate the progress of these resolutions. The resolutions also included ADOs and researchers must continue to collaborate to further guide and enhance values-based education and NADOs and RADOs must evaluate their anti-doping education programs and ensure that they reflect a values-based approach to enhance their effectiveness.

Paul Melia, CEO of the CCES, said the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport is committed to the advancement of values-based education as a means to prevent doping in sport. Melia added this Conference provided an important opportunity to fundamentally shift our understanding of how to use sport values to prevent doping. The CEO of CCES also said in Canada, for example, we are fostering a social change approach that ensures the values of sport drive the experiences in sport from the time a child enters the sport system. Paul Melia also commented that we look forward to collaborating with our colleagues from around the world as we continue to advance new values-based educational initiatives.

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Saturday 10, Jan 2015

  Global DRO Seminar Held In Tokyo For Sports Pharmacists

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Global DRO Seminar Held In Tokyo For Sports Pharmacists

The Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) hosted the first formal Global Drug Reference Online (DRO) Seminar for more than 250 sports pharmacists on 16 December 2014.

This seminar included presentations from the representatives of the founding Global DRO partners that included the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). In 2013, the Japan Anti-Doping Agency joined the Global DRO family and the December Global DRO Seminar was the first opportunity for sports pharmacists from Japan to find out how Global DRO has been implemented and developed by each international partner country as part of their anti-doping programs.

Global Drug Reference Online is an online and mobile tools that allow athletes to check the prohibited or permitted status of licensed medication according to the latest World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List. There were more than 486,216 searches in 2014 between the four partner countries that spoke about the effectiveness and popularity of the source.

USADA’s Science Director Dr. Matt Fedoruk, highlighted the practical importance of Global DRO in his keynote speech. Fedoruk also illustrated the value of offering resources and education in the context of anti-doping rules to health professionals, including pharmacists and physicians, since they play a vital role in protecting clean athletes. Fedoruk remarked we are seeing a stronger need for close cooperation between the medical community and the anti-doping community in order to best protect clean athletes and sport. He went on to add that implementing clear and consistent processes and providing easy access to accurate information are important parts of any effective anti-doping program.

UKAD Medical Education Officer Anne Sargent said JADA should be applauded for engaging with sports pharmacists and recognizing the crucial role they play in protecting clean sport through the influence they have on athletes. Sargent added this inaugural conference provided an important platform to share best practice and for delegates to gain an increased understanding of Global DRO and its value in assisting athletes and athlete support personnel and further remarked that UKAD is committed to continue working together with international partners to enhance anti-doping programs globally for the benefit of clean athletes.

JADA Chief Executive Officer Shin Asakawa said it is a delight to host this first Global DRO Seminar, opened to JADA’s certified sports pharmacists. Asakawa added we have benefited as part of this international collaboration Global DRO team and also said we along with the JADA Sports Pharmacists System can strengthen a ‘Clean Sport Triad’ and ensure the athletes receiving the appropriate information at anywhere and anytime.

CCES Manager of Education and Technology Cori McPhail said Global DRO allows each of our agencies to support the training and competition schedules of our respective athlete populations with credible information they can access from anywhere. McPhail added JADA is the most recent member of the Global DRO family, but like those of us already involved, they have demonstrated a clear commitment to providing their athletes comprehensive and reliable information about the medication they may need to take.

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