Doping remains a threat to the integrity and values of sport. Despite the huge progress made to develop a global anti-doping system and the efforts of many organisations over several decades, doping remains a serious problem at many levels in sport from elite performers to grassroots participation. Doping not only violates the basic sporting values of fairness and equality in competition, but it also presents serious risks for the athletes involved.
Although the efforts of the anti-doping community in sport have been broadly successful, there remain several areas that need to be addressed, especially as anti-doping is still a relatively young industry which lacks a strong tradition of standards-based practitioner training. More needs to be done to establish agreed professional standards for practitioners and offer appropriate training and continuing professional development opportunities. Progress in this area as an essential step towards improving the performance of anti-doping organisations in their contribution to the battle for integrity and values in sport.
A growing workforce supports anti-doping efforts, but anti-doping professionals need the right skills to succeed. GLDF4CLEANSPORT will support a global approach to competence-based training leading to greater impact of anti-doping organisations in the European Union and globally.
The GLDF4CLEANSPORT partnership constitutes a powerful mix of 9 organisations: EOSE as a European network organisation with expertise in EU project management and skills development; WADA as the lead technical organisation and 5 European national anti-doping agencies; and two international federations.
The partnership gathers a mix of organisations with recognised authority and expertise in anti-doping in sport. This consortium will ensure the innovative outputs are developed in line with the realities and expectations of the sector.
The Council of Europe (CoE) – a European convening body with broad and diverse expertise in the government sector, cannot formally be a partner in the GLDF4CLEANSPORT project due to internal policy. However, CoE is able to assist the project within the framework of its Memorandum of Understanding signed with WADA in 2016 and will provide its expert advice to the Technical Working Group on Government Officials and Advisors.
The 18 and 19 of October 2022 saw the successful kick-off meeting for a new 3-year project funded through the Erasmus+ Sport programme of the European Union. In line with the priority ‘Grow Impact’ in the WADA’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, the GLDF4CleanSport project...