Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
From 5-7 November 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) held its second Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) Symposium in Rome, Italy, which was graciously hosted by the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine (FMSI). Under the theme ‘Shaping the present and future of the ABP’, the symposium convened 238 participants from 74 countries around the world. There were around 140 different organizations represented, which included Athlete Passport Management Units (APMUs), International Sports Federations, National and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations, WADA-accredited laboratories, as well as ABP experts who review passports.
The objective of the symposium was to bring together anti-doping stakeholders involved in all areas of ABP programs, including testing, administration, expert reviews and results management, in order to promote harmonization of practices and exchange of knowledge. There was also a wide-ranging discussion on the future development of the ABP as stakeholders considered how best to use and develop the program in the years to come.
Some major themes from the symposium included:
WADA’s Senior Executive Director of Science and International Partnerships, Dr. Olivier Rabin, said: “The ABP program is constantly improving. It is becoming more sensitive to prohibited substance use, more efficient when it comes to targeting and longitudinal profiling and, increasingly, it is becoming a real deterrence to those who might be tempted to cheat.”
“That is not to say it is perfect. Clearly it is not yet being used to its full capacity and we are still learning ways to make it better. That was the underlying purpose of the ABP Symposium and other important meetings like this one. Above all, we must continue to build better cooperation between all relevant players, including ABP testing managers, APMUs, ABP experts and results management staff to ensure this program becomes an even more important and successful element in the fight against doping in sport.”
Among those present at the opening of the symposium were: Giovanni Malagò, President of the Italian Olympic Committee and International Olympic Committee Member; Giovanni Leonardi, General Director for Research of the Italian Ministry of Health; General Leonardo Gallitelli, President of the Italian National Anti-Doping Organization; Guido Carpani, Head of Cabinet of the Italian Minister of Health; Fabio Pigozzi, President of the International Federation of Sports Medicine and WADA Foundation Board member; General Adelmo Lusi and Colonel Giovanni Roccia, from the Italian NAS – the Anti-Adulteration and Health Unit of the Italian police; and Maurizio Casasco, President of FMSI.
• This media release was originally published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 14 November 2018. Click here for the original.
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