A two-day International Conference on "Implementation of Latest Guidelines in Human and Horse Doping: Interaction between Testing Authorities and Doping Control Laboratories" was organized by National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), India at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India on the 4th & 5th of November, 2016 with a focus on interaction between Testing Authorities and Doping Control Laboratories which included representatives from World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), South East Asian Regional Anti-Doping Agency (SEA-RADO), National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) of India, Srilanka, Indonesia, Kazakhstan & Singapore, Indian Pharmacopeia Commission (IPC), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Horse Racing Clubs, etc. The conference was attended by approximately hundred participants, both national and international, from various countries viz. Canada, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Singapore and Sri Lanka.
The first day of the conference i.e. 4th November, 2016 commenced with Special Address delivered by Secretary, Sports & CEO, NDTL Shri Rajiv Yadav. Guests of Honor for the conference were Shri Navin Agarwal, Director General, NADA, Dr. Olivier Rabin, Senior Director Science, WADA, Dr. Alka Beotra, Former Scientific Director, NDTL, and Dr. Shila Jain, Laboratory Director, NDTL.
The First Session of the Conference was on the Second Meeting of WADA & Pharmaceutical Companies. The talk of Dr. Olivier Rabin on “Collaboration between the Biopharmaceutical Industry and Anti-Doping” proved highly beneficial. The session also included open discussions on the Role of Pharmaceutical Industry towards fight against doping in sports, way forward and conclusion with active participation by experts from different fields.
In the second session of the conference, talks were delivered on various important themes like Prohibited Substances and Methods in doping by Dr. Olivier Rabin, accreditation of WADA laboratories by Ms Victoria Ivanova, pseudo endogenous steroids in anti-doping analyses by Dr. Xavier de la Torre Fornell and NADO-RADO collaboration with laboratories by Mr. Gobinathan Nair.
The third session of the conference, conducted on the 5th of November, 2016 included Panel Discussions on reporting and result management in horse dope testing, use of ADAMS for result management, implementation of WADA guidelines from NADO’s perspectives, implementation of WADA TDSSA (testing of ESAs and GHRHs) and drug administration studies & use of herbs in horse racing.
The Conference concluded with vote of thanks by Dr. Alka Beotra, valuable suggestions by the invited speakers, positive feedback by the participants, and fresh ideas by scientists and professionals for incorporation to make the fight against doping in sports more effective.