Since 2008, the Japan Anti-Doping Agency has hosted the International Anti-Doping Seminar under the auspices of the Japan Sports Agency of the Japanese Government in partnership with the World Anti-Doping Agency. The seminar is to develop the capacity of anti-doping communities in Asia & Oceania and to create the clean sport network aiming to ensure a clean and fair sport environment globally.
* The seminar is part of the “PLAY TRUE 2020, Sport for Tomorrow”, a legacy project for Tokyo2020 Games led by Japanese Government, from the 2015 edition.
The 2022 seminar was held on 18-19 January as online, GoVirtual!, due to COVID-19 ongoing global pandemic. 250 colleagues from 52 countries and regions registered and the seminar intended to create an interactive nature though distance.
The seminar was designed to share the Tokyo2020 legacy creation with Clean Sport community and various partners towards, and during, the Tokyo2020 Games. In particular, PLAY TRUE 2020, Sport for Tomorrow initiative, placing anti-doping as the core legacy pillar was highlighted.
Mr. IKEDA Yoshitaka, State Minister for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as well as WADA Executive Committee member representing Asia, gave a host welcome. In his keynote speech, Mr. Witold Bańka, WADA President, commended PLAY TRUE 2020 bringing anti-doping to the next level by bringing it onfront of the Games legacy. WADA Directors and Managers were committed to building the knowledge and capacity of Clean Sport community in Asia and Oceania through their presentations.
The Athlete Panel was one of the Highlights of Day2: Dr. MUROFUSHI Koji OLY, Commissioner of Japan Sports Agency and former WADA/JADA Athlete Committee member, was joined by Ms. Kadidiatou Tounkara OLY, Chair of Education Committee, WADA. They discussed the importance of ensuring the fundamental principles of International Standard for Education: “Education before Testing”; and “Education before sending athletes and support personnel to the International events” for protecting the Clean Sport environment.
On 1-3 December 2020 with 165 NADO/RADO practitioners and some researchers from 52 countries and regions, the 2020 International Anti-Doping Seminar was, for the first time, held online as “GoVirtual!”, due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
On 24-25 September 2019 with 49 NADO/RADO members from 31 countries and regions. As WADA Executive Committee was held in Tokyo on 23 Sept. some Executive Committee members with WADA Directors joined the seminar.
On 4-6 December 2018 with 52 NADO/RADO members from 34 countries and regions. As a proximity to the Tokyo2020 Games venues and as a feeling for legacy, the seminar was hosted at Tsuda University which is the closest University to the new National Stadium and an active member of Sport for Tomorrow Consortium.
On 5-7 December 2017 with 50 NADO/RADO members from 28 countries and regions. It was held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City, one of the competition venues for Tokyo2020 Games, and MOU between SEARADO and JADA was renewed, joined by the Tokyo2020 Organising Committee.
On 7-10 December 2016 with over 60 NADO/RADO members from 31 countries and regions. To celebrate its 10th Anniversary, the seminar was named as “PLAY TRUE 2020 Week” in collaboration with Sapporo City, the host city of 2017 Winter Asian Games. Sapporo City declared “PLAY TRUE Sapporo” to show its commitment to clean and fair sport and the ceremony was held at the landmark Clock Tower.
To celebrate the creation of the Japan Sports Agency, the “2015 International Athlete Forum for 2020” was held on 1-2 October 2015. WADA and the Government of Japan renewed the agreement for further commitment to protect the sport integrity and clean sport.
On the second day, youth athletes led by the role model athletes played “NewMO!”, sport values-based activity. It was aimed to develop the youth athletes to be a future leader in sport and society; they had the opportunity to share their heart to the power of sprot and their thoughts on what matters for the future of sport with the world.
* Hosted as the “Action & Legacy”, youth athlete engagement project of the Tokyo2020 Organising Committee.