The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced the launch of a series of athlete-led webinars to be held over the coming months. This series, which is an initiative of  WADA’s Athlete Committee, is intended to provide a platform for interactive engagement by the Agency with athletes worldwide on anti-doping matters. 

The first webinar, titled COVID-19 and Clean Sport, will be held on 3 July at 09:00 EDT; and, will focus on the impact of COVID-19 on athletes and the anti-doping system. The panellists will include the following athletes and experts:

  • Ben Sandford: Chair, WADA Athlete Committee
  • Dr. Alan Vernec: Medical Director, WADA
  • Dr. Andrea Gotzmann, Chairwoman of the Executive Board, National Anti-Doping Agency of Germany
  • Benjamin Cohen: Director General, International Testing Agency
  • Tim Ricketts, Director, Standards & Harmonization, WADA

These panellists will engage participants on the following topics:

  • the current situation in relation to testing;
  • what athletes can expect may be modified with respect to health and safety protections as testing ramps up again; and
  • how Anti-Doping Organisations are innovating and maintaining other elements of their detection and deterrence programs in the face of reduced testing.

Athletes are invited to register for this first webinar, by clicking here. Anti-Doping Organisations worldwide are encouraged to relay this announcement on to their athletes.

End May, WADA and its Athlete Committee published a Q&A document for athletes on the matter of COVID-19 to update them about the evolving situation related to the protection of athlete health and how clean sport can persevere during these challenging times. This first webinar will be a continuation of these efforts as WADA and its Athlete Committee strive to ensure that as many athletes as possible are informed about this evolving topic.

Source & photo: WADA

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