— Published 3 June 2021

A year without symposium


This is a lost year for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The Montreal-based body has decided to cancel its annual symposium for 2021. It was initially scheduled for last March, during the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne and then postponed to October 19th and 20th, 2021. It was to be held in hybrid mode, virtually and face-to-face. But it has finally been wiped off the calendar. WADA justified its decision by the desire to “focus on the organisation of the 2022 edition of the symposium, which will be held at the same venue in Lausanne on March 23rd-24th, 2022.” Olivier Niggli, WADA’s Director General, explains: “Taking into account the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world, we believe that the restrictions will be much less important in early 2022. Holding one symposium in October 2021 and another just a few months later would not have made much sense.” The WADA symposium, the main event in the annual anti-doping calendar, brings the vast majority of anti-doping stakeholders together, including representatives of international federations and governments, athletes, media, researchers and service providers.