Strengthening anti-doping policy in Estonia

sector_shs_fund_doping_sport_enEADA received support from UNESCO’s Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport to enhance the cooperation with different anti-doping-related stakeholders.

 

The main idea of the project is to strengthen and improve the development of the anti-doping policy in Estonia. The project involves numerous partners, such as the police and border guard officials, food board, tax board, agency of medicines, also the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Social Affairs. Possible partners could be added during the course of the project.

 

The project focuses on three areas of activities:
1)    Agreements between the Estonian Anti-Doping Agency and the public institutions related to the fight against doping
2)    Setting up an athletes’ committee to stand for the clean athletes and spread the messages of clean sport
3)    Updating anti-doping laws and regulations and the Estonian anti-doping rules, focusing on information sharing and data protection

 

On August 31st, 2017 EADA organised a cross-sectoral seminar on the regulation of the food supplements. The seminar aimed for evidence-based debate on nutritional supplements among Estonian sports professionals, to map the present-day situation in Estonia regards to food supplements and their standardization and to involve different parties on this topic.

 

The seminar was attended by athletes, coaches, retailers and manufacturers of food supplements, but also by the representatives from the Veterinary and Food Board, the Estonian Centre for Standardization and the National Institute for Health Development (25 people). EADA was proud to have Ronald Maughan (Loughborough University, St Andrews University) as an international speaker to provide up-to-date research-based information about the supplements.

 

The main discussion focused on the following points: (1) there’s a great risk for the elite and recreational athletes to consume inadvertent doping, while using the supplements; (2) the retailers of the food supplements should be controlled and any unregulated activity should be sanctioned; (3) consumers of the supplements should be educated to make good critical decisions about the food supplements.