20.03.2015 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

The future of clean sport under discussion in Riyadh

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An international conference gathering the main stakeholders of the fight against doping in sport took place in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) on 15 and 16 March 2015. In this framework, the Bureau of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the International Convention against doping in sport held its second meeting dedicated to the 5th COP, scheduled to be held on 29 and 30 October 2015, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Organized by the Saudi Arabia Anti-Doping Committee in partnership with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and with the support of HRH Abdullah Bin Mosaad Bin Abdulaziz, General President of Youth Welfare and Chairman of Saudi Arabia Olympic Committee, the event focused on the legal aspects related to the implementation of the Convention against doping in sport and the World Anti-Doping Code, while taking into account the importance of institutional partnerships.

More than 200 representatives of the sport and law communities, including UNESCO, FIFA and INTERPOL, had the occasion to debate and share their experiences concerning the traffic of prohibited substances, cultural perceptions and their legal impact on the concept of doping, data collection and partnerships between different institutional stakeholders at national and international levels.

UNESCO presented the statutory dimension of the Convention, the achievements and challenges linked to its implementation, 10 years after its unanimous adoption in 2005. The project aiming at evaluating anti-doping public policies, approved during the 4th COP, was also presented by Jean-François Vilotte, international coordinator of the project.

Furthermore, the second meeting of the Bureau of the 4th Conference of Parties set out to examine key aspects for the preparations of the 5th COP, by analysing strategic actions suggested by the Secretariat in order to further the Convention’s objectives. Subjects on the agenda included the ADLogic system update and the revision of the COP governance framework according to audit recommendations.

“These 10 years are a remarkable landmark of our common will to continue, enhance and strengthen our action against doping practices in sport.”, declared Ângela Melo, Director of UNESCO’s Division for ethics, youth and sport.

The collaboration between the sports movement, public authorities and the pharmaceutical industry is necessary if we are to develop a global approach on doping, based on sports ethics. For UNESCO, education and prevention measures are a prerequisite for any action plan against doping.

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