The use of prohibited substances undermine the values that sport promotes within the community, such as fair play, teamwork and dedication and has potentially harmful health effects. This is why the Australian Government is committed to the anti-doping effort within sport.
2017 International Anti-Doping Arrangement Meeting
In October 2017 the National Integrity of Sport Unit and Australian Sports Anti Doping Authority (ASADA) co-hosted the annual International Anti Doping Arrangement (IADA) meeting in Zurich Switzerland. The objective of the IADA meetings is to develop common anti-doping practices among IADA member nations, harmonise existing practices where possible, ensure the practices employed are identifiable as world best practice, and to use this standard to influence other nations to follow suit.
The meeting brought together senior anti-doping officials and government representatives from ten like-minded countries to share their experiences and expertise on key anti-doping issues. Some of the key areas of discussion included the challenges in delivering anti-doping services at major international sporting events, dealing with linked multiple threats to the integrity of sport, protecting sensitive information new arrangements for assessing compliance by signatories with the World Anti-Doping Code.
Representatives from Norway also made a presentation on the new One Voice Initiative which is aimed at increasing collaboration between government representatives on the World Anti-Doping Agency. The 2018 IADA meeting is anticipated to be hosted in Australia.