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 seminar was held on 1-3 December 2020 as online, GoVirtual! due to COVID-19 global pandemic. 165 from 52 countries and regions participated. The seminar was designed to confirm the final preparations in line with the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards (in effect from 1 January 2021).
Mr. TANOSE Taido, State-Minister for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), gave a host welcome. Mr. Witold Bańka, President of WADA and WADA Directors were committed to building the knowledge and capacity of clean sport community through presentations.
The online Athlete Panel was one of the Highlights: Dr. MUROFUSHI Koji, Commissioner of Japan Sports Agency and previous WADA/JADA Athlete Committee member, was joined by Ms Yang Yang, WADA Vice-President and Mr. Ben Sandford, WADA Athlete Committee Chair. They discussed the meaningful engagement of athletes in anti-doping programme and shared their thoughts on mobilizing the leader/influential athletes for clean sport.
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.