International Anti-Doping Seminar in Asia and Oceania
The International Anti-Doping Seminar in Asia and Oceania was held in Tokyo on 24-25 September 2019. There were 49 attendees from 31 countries and regions, mainly from Asia and Oceania. The Japanese Government had hosted the Executive Committee meeting of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at the same venue ahead of the seminar, on 23 September. The 2019 Seminar was able to bring in the latest information on global anti-doping programmes, with the plenary and breakout sessions presented and moderated by a number of WADA directors. WADA ExCo members also actively joined the seminar to engage with their Asia-Oceania colleagues. The SEARADO member countries had a joint meeting with JADA for their capacity development in the respective countries on 26 September.
・Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA)
・Japan Sport Council (JSC)
・Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO)
・The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Signing ceremony for the partnership declaration between the Japanese Government and WADA in Asian region
The signing ceremony for the continued partnership was held by Sir. Craig Reedie, President of WADA, and Dr. SUZUKI Daichi, Commissioner of Japan Sports Agency of the Japanese Government. In the ceremony, it was declared that the Japanese Government would continue its partnership with WADA, thus committing to further developing anti-doping capacities in Asian region beyond 2019.
Sir. Craig expressed his gratitude for the Japanese Government and JADA for continually advancing their partnerships in Asia and Oceania and with International Federations, in order to help realise clean sport on a global scale. Commissioner Dr. SUZUKI also gave a progress report on the "i-PLAY TRUE Relay" legacy project, which was launched at the previous seminar in December 2018, in order to promote clean, fair sport heading into the Tokyo2020 Games. "i-PLAY TRUE Relay" video clip was also played showing the already collected "TRUTH" messages ? what one cherishes about sport and what values of sport one takes in life ? of the public and the world's top athletes.
The first ever "Fairness Crystal Award" was presented to Sir. Craig Reedie by Dr. KONO Ichiro, Japan Sport Fairness Commission Chair. This award acknowledged his long-standing commitment to protecting clean and fair sport around the world.
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Creating legacy through athletes' leadership for Tokyo2020 and beyond, and implementing the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code and Athletes' Anti-Doping Rights Act
Incoming President for WADA Mr. Witold Banka, Incoming Vice President for WADA Ms Yang Yang, WADA Executive Committee member and WADA/IOC Athletes Commission member Ms Danka Bartekova, Commissioner Dr. SUZUKI Daichi, and JADA Athlete Committee member Mr. FUJITA Masaki participated in the "Athlete Panel", moderated by Prof. Roger Jackson (gold medalist of the Tokyo1964 Olympic Games), the first Chair of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). The panel discussed how legacies can be created through athletes' leadership. WADA President-Elect Banka also touched upon the importance of effectively incorporating athletes' views, and having them involved in the decision-making process. At the end of the panel, each of the panelists shared their "TRUTH in sport" messages, and encouraged the anti-doping community to effectively utilise the power of athletes to send a strong message in support of clean sport.
Mr. Olivier Niggli, WADA Director General, presented on the updates for the global anti-doping movement, while WADA directors shared the updated revisions of the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code and the International Standards. In the breakout session, the participants had the opportunity to listen and ask more detailed questions from a practical point of view, on the four International Standards (Education, Testing & Investigations, TUE, Results Management). All of the WADA Regional Directors also shared their regional approach to ensuring Code compliance and how they had shown initiative in overcoming regional challenges by collaborating with each other.
The importance of collaboration to cultivate clean sport environment, through partnerships among ADOs
The day began with a presentation by WADA President-Elect Mr. Witold Banka about the importance of developing a network of anti-doping organisations (ADOs). The examples of JADA's advancing clean sport partnerships were presented with the insights from various stakeholders. The Yemen Anti-Doping Committee utilised the JADA "Real Champion Education Package" to tackle some socio-psychological issues faced in the society, for social reconstruction through the value of sport. The Southeast Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organization (SERADO) and JADA have also been working closely under their MOU for the continuous development of the anti-doping programme in their region, and the Pacific Games 2019 partnership between Oceania RADO, Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) and JADA were successful in the "Event-Based Education" programme at the regions' largest-scale multi-sport event. The partnership between FIH (International Hockey Federation), Japan Hockey Federation and JADA was one of the "IF-NF-NADO" examples to showcase "win-win" education and values-based partnership.
For the first time, the athlete representatives from Korea, China and Japan met for the second Athlete Panel: Mr. Chen Yibing (China, Gymnastics), Mr. Lee Jeongmin (Korea, Nordic skiing and currently serving as the Chair of Asian Paralympic Committee), and Ms SAITO Rika (Japan, Weightlifting). This panel was part of an effort made by Japan, China, and Korea to coordinate towards the development of anti-doping capacities in Asian region. In ahead of the "Athletes' Anti-Doping Rights Act" coming into place, the three athletes the three athletes discussed how athletes themselves should become involved with clean sport movement by illustrating their own experiences. They also exchanged opinions as to the ways in which clean sport messages could be adjusted for each country to be more effective communication to young athletes and the general public.
SEARADO and JADA joint partnership meeting
The SEARADO participants in the seminar met for the first time at the joint meeting held after the international seminar. The workshop-based meeting discussed the step-by-step approach for preparations of the 2021 Code and the International Standards, particularly the new International Standard for Education (ISE). Each participant illustrated their timeline for implementing the 2021Code with action plans, and discussed how they would incorporate the values component at each organisational level when ISE came into effect.
At the beginning of the meeting, the MOU between SEARADO and Philippines NADO was signed towards the comprehensive anti-doping collaboration for the SEA Games in December 2019. The MOU clarifies the responsibilities that NADO has at the SEA Games and how the host NADO can work together with, and delegate some responsibilities to, SEARADO.