Last week, the sporting world’s leading anti-doping experts met in London where they discussed the ongoing issue of contamination in sports nutrition.
Speakers at the summit included World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Director General, David Howman, US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) CEO, Travis Tygart, and International Cycling Union (UCI) Director General, Martin Gibbs, and time and again the debate came back to the risk of inadvertent doping through the use of sports nutrition products.
The conference focused on the latest progress and practices from across the world in the fight for fair and clean sport, though there was a general acceptance that sports supplements presented a risk to athletes at all levels, owing to the possibility of contamination with substances prohibited in sport.
Athletes and governing bodies such as UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and the Football Association (FA) acknowledged the risk and encouraged athletes to only use supplements that have been through the Informed-Sport risk assessment programme.
Terence O’Rorke, Business Sector Manager for the Informed-Sport programme, attended the event at Wembley Stadium and said: “This conference was the latest step in the fight for clean sport, and the issue of supplement contamination was discussed widely.
“The was a general acceptance that Informed-Sport – which certifies that all nutritional supplements and ingredients that bear the logo have been regularly tested for banned substances in our world-renowned anti-doping lab – was the most effective way for athletes to manage this risk.
“Events like this are vital in ensuring that all of us who have a passion for clean sport continue to share ideas for the benefit of athletes and to help them avoid inadvertently testing positive.
“This is especially important ahead of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, which increases the sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. Informed-Sport is an important element in protecting clean athletes.”
A short documentary film highlighting Informed-Sport’s contribution to cleaner sport can be seen here.