24 April 2012, LAUSANNE - The third 2012 IF Staff Seminar took place in Lausanne at the Maison du Sport International, with Clean Sport on the agenda, looking to discuss weather sports organisation are winning this fight.
Four speakers took the floor on the topic – first Ms Chantal Steiner, Anti-doping and Medical Manager at the International Gymnastics Federation, provided an overview of how the FIG addressed anti-doping, mentioning that there is a considerable gap between administrators involved in clean sport and the decision makers in the federations. For the FIG, education is key and should start at grass roots, as well as focus on coaches.
The following speakers where Ms Virginie Alberto, Anti-Doping Senior Assistant, and Ms Judith Elfassy Sport & Development Assistant from the International Basketball Federation. They explained how FIBA is organised as a structure and how this complicated certain logistical aspects of their work regarding clean sport. It was shown that FIBA looked to promote and developed scientific research to be in advance of cheaters, trying to target the new products before they became widespread. In this sense, FIBA’s efforts in adopting a similar system as UCI’s model of a biological passport were explained.
Finally, Dr. Saugy of the Laboratoire Suisse d'Analyse du Dopage showed the forefront of the fight on doping and the latest advances with regards to management and analysis of the anti-doping procedures. These case studies triggered discussions around the process and challenges federations face in the fight for clean sport and ways of ensuring the success of clean sport programmes continues to strive.
Clean Sport seminar overview
The seminar had 30 participants representing 20 international sports federations and organisations: European Athletics (EAA), Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), International Baseball Federation (IBAF), Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA), International Canoe Federation (ICF), Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), International Golf Federation (IGF), Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG), Fédération Internationale de Hockey (FIH), Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA), International Skating Union (ISU), International Triathlon Union (ITU), Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Sportaccord Doping-Free Sport Unit (DFSU), Canton de Vaud, Laboratoire Suisse d’Analyse du Dopage and TSE Consulting.
FISU was represented by Paulo Ferreira WUC Executive Assistant and Julien Buhajezuk WUC Sport Assistant. The next IF Staff Seminar at MSI will be on the 1st May on Marketing/Sponsorship. (Source: Paulo Ferreira, WUC Executive Assistant)