JUNE 3-5, 2018

The Sport We Want
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The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) 1stGlobal Athlete Forum will convene more than 150 athlete leaders and stakeholders under the theme ‘the sport we want’ to discuss key developments in anti-doping including current issues and concerns such as athlete rights. All athlete participants must be nominated by either their National Anti-Doping Organization, National Olympic/Paralympic Committee, or International Federation.


Using an interactive platform, the Forum will see world leaders and experts in the anti-doping field addressing, and exchanging ideas with participants; and, further developing an Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights that will include measures for the protection of clean athletes. The three-day event will ensure that athletes have an opportunity to express how they believe their rights should be protected today and in the future.


Sunday June 3rd 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Official Opening / Cocktail Reception - The Westin Calgary
Entertainment by First Nations
Monday June 4th 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 – 9:10 a.m. Welcome
Beckie Scott, Chair, WADA Athlete Committee and Canadian cross-country skiing Olympian
9:10 – 9:45 a.m. Overview of the current Anti-Doping Trends
Sir Craig Reedie, President, World Anti-Doping Agency
9:45 – 10:40 a.m. The Panel - Questions and Answers to the WADA President and Director General
Sir Craig Reedie, President, WADA
Olivier Niggli, Director General, WADA
10:40 – 11:10 a.m. BREAK
11:10 – 11:30 a.m. Speak Up! Program
Gunter Younger, Director Intelligence and Investigations, WADA
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Speak Up! Program - Round table
Moderator: Ben Sanford, WADA Athlete Committee Member and New Zealand skeleton Olympian
Panel Members
Gunter Younger
Brett Clothier, CEO, International Association of Athletics Federations Integrity Unit
Claudia Bokel, Executive Director, Fair Sport and German épée fencing Olympian
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. LUNCH Hosted by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport
1:15 – 1:45 p.m. Changing Sport - Interview with Yulia and Vitaly Stepanov, Russian doping whistleblowers
Moderator: Beckie Scott
1:45 – 2:00 p.m. Champions for Change
Jens Sejer Andersen, International Director, Play the Game
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Champions for Change – Round table
Moderator: Rebecca Ruiz, Journalist, New York Times
Panel Members
Jens Sejer Andersen
Richard McLaren, Innovative Dispute Resolution Ltd
Richard Pound, WADA Board, IOC Member and Canadian Olympian
Tricia Smith, President, Canadian Olympic Committee, IOC Member and Canadian rowing Olympian
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. BREAK
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. WADA's Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) – Questions & Answers
Stuart Kemp, Deputy Director, Standards and Harmonization, WADA
Francois Guy, Principal, Software Development and Platform Technology, WADA
7:00 p.m. Dinner hosted by the Canadian Olympic Committee
Tuesday June 5th 9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome – opening
Mark Tewksbury, Canadian Olympian
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Athlete Leaders for Change
Moderator: Mark Tewksbury
Panel Members
Lowell Bailey, U.S. biathlete Olympian
Kirsty Coventry, Zimbabwe swimming Olympian and WADA Athlete Committee Member
Silke Kassner, German canoe Olympian
Paula Radcliffe, UK athletics Olympian
Hayley Wickenheiser, Canadian hockey Olympian
10:15 – 10:35 a.m. Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights - Overview
Beckie Scott
Ben Sandford, WADA Athlete Committee Member and New Zealand skeleton Olympian
10:35 – 11:35 a.m. Round Table discussion
11:35 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Report back from round table discussions
Moderator: Andréanne Morin, Co-Chair, Charter Working Group and Canadian rowing Olympian
12:15 – 12:45 p.m. Open Questions & Answers
12:45 – 1:00 p.m. Conclusion – Summary
Beckie Scott
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. LUNCH
2:00 p.m. Media Conference


The Forum discussions are not open to the media; however, accredited media that wish to:
   attend the cocktail on June 3rd, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and/or the media conference on June 5th at 2:00 p.m.; and/or
   request one-one-one interviews.
must be registered with, and submit their requests to, Maggie Durand, Manager, Media Relations and Communications, WADA, as outlined below, by May 25th.


  + 1-514-904-8225


Air Travel

Travel to and from your place of residence to Calgary will be the responsibility of each participant’s representative organization

Please note, a small travel subsidy has been allocated by the Canadian Olympic Committee for those organizations that may require assistance in sending their athletes to the forum. To request a travel subsidy please contact: WADA’s Senior Manager Athlete Relations, Stacy Spletzer at globalathleteforum@wada-ama.org.

The following costs will be covered:

   Accommodation at The Westin Calgary (king room)
   Meals for the duration of the event as per the program outline

The following costs will not be covered:

   Any incidental charges to your hotel room account (mini-bar, room service, etc.)
   Additional flight stop-overs and flight changes
   Additional hotel room nights
   Additional food costs not covered by the meal plan
   Single rooms or accommodation at a different hotel


This event is for athletes and is by invitation only. Although we would love to integrate all interested participants, this edition will remain private for nominated individuals.





Please book travel to arrive by 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 (unless otherwise communicated) as the welcome cocktail/buffet will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Westin Calgary Hotel.


The Forum will conclude on the early afternoon of June 5th. Please plan departure in the late afternoon or evening of the 5th. Late check-out is not guaranteed.


Forum participants who live in the Calgary area should make sure they arrive at the Westin Calgary by approximately 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3rd.
The Canadian Olympic Committee will cover the cost of parking for two nights, mileage at the rate of $0.45/km, or taxi fare to and from the hotel. Expense claim forms will be available onsite.


Stacy Spletzer-Jegen

Senior Manager, Athlete Relations and Communications

  +1 514-904-8840

Media Relations and Communications

Maggie Durand


  + 1-514-904-8225


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