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The RUSADA International Conference and Panel Discussion “Anti-Doping: focus on the health of athletes” took place in Moscow

RUSADA information events held in Moscow on May 13, 2022 brought together anti-doping specialists from Uzbekistan, the Republic of Belarus and 18 regions of the Russian Federation.

The RUSADA Conference “Anti-Doping: focus on the health of athletes” took place on May 13, 2022 as part of the annual All-Russian Forum "Health of the Nation - the Basis for Russia's Prosperity". The Conference was opened by Loginova V.V., Director General of RUSADA, and Achkasov E.E., member of the Supervisory Board of RUSADA, Head of the Department of Sports Medicine and Medical Rehabilitation of the I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University.

Honorary guests of RUSADA delivered a welcoming speech at the Conference:
- Baysultanov O.Kh., Deputy Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation;
- Plitukhin R.G., Deputy Director General, Head of the Office of the President of the Russian Olympic Committee;
- Rozhkov P.A., President of the Russian Paralympic Committee;
- E.N. Spiridonova, representative of the General Meeting of RUSADA members, Head of the Office of the Association of Lawyers of Russia;
- Belousov L.S., Academician, Rector of the Russian International Olympic University;
- Muzhzhukhin D.A., Director of the National Anti-Doping Agency of the Republic of Belarus;
- Tursunov N.B., Director General of UzNADA - the National Anti-Doping Agency of Uzbekistan.

The health of athletes is one of the priority goals of anti-doping programs around the world. Within the framework of the announced topic RUSADA employees made their presentations.

Kondakova A.N., Head of RUSADA Science Department, gave a presentation "Anti-Doping: questions and answers, questions without answers". Anna spoke about the work of anti-doping organizations in terms of regulation, and answered the question: is the problem of doping relevant only for high-performance sport.

Khorkin P.I., Head of RUSADA Therapeutic Use Exemption Department, spoke about the specifics of treatment of athletes. Pavel noted the difference in the statistics of applications for therapeutic use in international practice and in Russia. He paid special attention to the data on therapeutic use in bronchial asthma, diabetes and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in athletes.

More than 150 people attended the RUSADA Conference as a listening public, including anti-doping specialists from 18 regions of the Russian Federation: Sakhalin Region, Tatarstan, Khanty-Mansiisk autonomous district, Stavropol Territory, Mari El and other regions.

As a follow-up to the Conference, international and Russian anti-doping experts held the Panel Discussion at Sechenov University.

In the course of the RUSADA Panel Discussion, the topic of the risks of using nutritional supplements in sport was actively discussed. Director General of UzNADA (Uzbekistan) Tursunov N.B. made a report on this topic.

Pakhnotskaya M.A., International Independent Expert of the World Athletics, spoke about the role of a coach in the education of an athlete in the context of anti-doping support.

Idrisova G.Z., Head of Anti-Doping Support of the Russian Paralympic Committee, made a report: “Specifics of anti-doping support for paralympic athletes”.

A lot of discussion was caused by the report of Miroshnikov A.B., Associate Professor of the Department of Sports Medicine of the Russian State University of Physical Culture, Sports, Youth and Tourism, "Meldonium and the health of athletes."

“Anti-doping strategy of the Volleyball Federation of Russia” is the topic of the report of Galeta T.D., VFR Anti-Doping Support Specialist.

Psychologist and coach Kuzina E.V. made a presentation "Unhealthy Win or Healthy Lose, How Do We Make a Choice?".

Thanks to the effective work of experts at RUSADA events, the range of issues to be discussed at the next meeting of the Interdepartmental Working Group on ensuring the prevention of doping in sport and the fight against it in Russia were identified, as well as the problems requiring immediate action.

The recording of the live broadcast of the Conference and the Panel Discussion is available at the official RUSADA Community in VKontakte. Presentations of the participants and the program of RUSADA information events are freely available via the link

Quotes from the welcoming speeches of the honorary guests of the RUSADA Conference:

Baysultanov O.Kh., Deputy Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation: "One of the priorities of state policy in the field of physical culture and sport is a healthy and successful athlete. The issue of the negative impact of doping drug use on athletes' health requires constant attention from all stakeholders. The Ministry of Sports of Russia, as a regulator of anti-doping policy, carries out extensive work in this direction. We give an important role in this work to cooperation with the regions and sports federations. The Interdepartmental Working Group on anti-doping was established under the Ministry of Sports of Russia. Despite the current situation concerning the restriction of Russian athletes' participation in international competitions, we must maintain the focus on Russia's commitment to clean, equal sports competition, free of doping, as a basis for keeping athletes healthy".

Plitukhin R.G., Deputy Director General, Head of the Office of the President of the Russian Olympic Committee: "Over the past few years in the Russian Federation significant work has been done to build an effective and modern anti-doping system... It is known that the basis of high-performance sport is enormous loads and hard work, often on the verge of human capabilities. But the desire to win at all costs cannot and should not devalue such an asset, such a value as the health of the athlete, it is the priority in sporting activities and should remain so.