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First edition on COVID-19 and Clean Sport with Athlete Committee Chair Ben Sandford

UPDATE: Check the WADA Press Release für the full July schedule with registration links!

Montreal (RWH) The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced the launch of a series of athlete-led seminars to be held online over the coming months. As the WADA said in a press release, this series is an initiative of WADA’s Athlete Committee and intended to provide a platform for interactive engagement by the Agency with athletes worldwide on anti-doping matters.

The first event, titled COVID-19 and Clean Sport, will be held on 3 July at 9 am EDT. The local time in Montreal corresponds, for example, early morning in the Americas, afternoon in Europe and evening in many Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand - please check the exact times for your country.

The online seminar will focus on the impact of COVID-19 on athletes and the anti-doping system. The panelists will include former Skeleton athlete Ben Sandford (NZL), Chair of WADA Athlete Committee and former IBSF Vice President Legal Affairs, as well as the following athletes and experts:

  • • 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 ITA
  • • Tim Ricketts, Director, Standards & Harmonization, WADA

These panelists 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 Organizations 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 event with this link



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