Save the date: Play the Game stages anti-doping seminar as lead-up to WADA summit

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By Play the Game
Experts from the news media, anti-doping agencies, researchers, governments, and other stakeholders will discuss how to strengthen the sector’s governance the day before WADA opens its World Conference in Katowice, Poland.

Following turbulent years and heated international controversy, the entire international antidoping community is right now warming up to a decisive global gathering.

The Fifth World Conference on Doping in Sport, which will take place in Katowice, Poland, from 5-7 November, is no ordinary conference with lectures and debates. It is the very general assembly of the World Anti Doping Agency, where WADA’s owners – the governments and the Olympic Movement – meet every 4-6 years to set the direction for their future cooperation, and elect the WADA President for the next three years.

As a side-kick to this event, and benefiting from the presence of hundreds of key stakeholders in anti-doping, Play the Game will stage a seminar on the governance of anti-doping at the Silesian Stadium on 4 November from 10-17 (exact hours to be confirmed).

The seminar is arranged with support from EU’s Erasmus+ funds as part of the so-called NADGO project, the National Anti-Doping Governance Observer. The project aims at developing a benchmarking tool for national antidoping agencies, similar to the tools Play the Game and its partners have developed for international and national sports federations: the Sports Governance Observer and the National Sports Governance Observer.

The seminar in Poland will not only focus on governance and structures, but also on doping politics and the role of the media.

Up to 35 representatives of national Anti-doping organisations, public authorities, academics and news media will be invited to dedicated sessions and training workshops on good governance in anti-doping.

It is too early to outline the exact line-up of speakers, but the partners of the NADGO project will all participate:

  • EU Athletes
  • Fair Sport
  • Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations
  • Anti Doping Denmark
  • NADA Germany
  • Polish Anti-Doping Agency
  • Slovak Antidoping-Agency
  • Sport Ireland
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Uniwersytet Warszawski
  • Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln

We kindly ask you to reserve the date if you are interested in participating. For more information, please contact Play the Game’s International policy advisor Christina Friis Johansen at

  • Stine Alvad, Play the Game, 22.05.2019 09:40:

    Hi Georg,
    Thanks for your comment. 'European Athletes' should be 'EU Athletes'. It has now been corrected.
    And yes, individuals can participate. For more information, please contact Play the Game’s International policy advisor Christina Friis Johansen at

  • Nima Gyeltshen , Thimphu, Bhutan , 16.05.2019 10:09:

    Is there any grant or scholarship to support participants from under developed countries to take parti in the anti doping seminar to held on 4th November 2019. Regards

  • Georg Facius, Denmark, 14.05.2019 16:57:

    You are stating "European athletes", I wonder if what you mean is "European Athletics". Can individuals participate?


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