30 years of the Polish anti-doping system

A conference commemorating the 30th
anniversary of the Polish anti-doping system “NEW CHALLENGES IN THE Fight
AGAINST DOPING IN SPORT” was held on 28 March 2019 at the Olympic Centre,
Polish Olympic Committee in Warsaw.

The event was attended by nearly 200 representatives
of sports associations and federations, police, border guards, military police,
prosecutor’s office and representatives of the medical community associated
with sports medicine. During the conference, topics related to historical,
ethical, medical, legal and public aspects of the Polish anti-doping system
were discussed. The aim of the conference was to present contemporary trends in
law, medicine and laboratory analysis, state policy and investigative
activities aimed at detecting doping related crimes and violations of disciplinary
rules, as well as to strengthen cooperation between institutions involved in
the fight against doping in sport. 

The conference was opened by Minister Witold Bańka,
who stated that “the fact that we are in the place where we are is due to
many experts who over the past years have developed this system, worked on
these solutions, people who have fought with passion for clean sport”. The
Minister also stressed that “The doping industry is an industry full of
innovation. If we do not follow them dynamically, we will lose. In the fight
against doping, we must not give up”.

A discussion panel led by Paweł Wilkowicz attended by
Polish Olympians: Maja Włoszczowska (MTB), Luiza Złotkowska (speed skating) and
Tomasz Majewski (athletics) was an important element of the conference.

“The fight against doping is essential, because
otherwise we will lose at the start. Someone will always cheat, just as crimes
are still being committed despite the punishments, but it is a mistake to think
that all athletes are dishonest, just as not all of them are thieves and
rapists” – said Maja Włoszczowska, twice Olympic MTB champion.

“There are people for whom money is most
important and this will not change. The IAAF (International Association of
Athletics Federations – PAP) was “eaten” by corruption, but now it is a model
for the fight for clean sport. It is important to build one front so that all
federations fight in the same way, because the example of the doping scandal in
Russia shows that this is not the case today” – said Tomasz Majewski, the
Olympic shotput champion, who currently serves as vice-president of the Polish
Athletics Association.

In recent years, activities in the field of fight
against doping in sport have gained new dynamics, a law on fighting doping in
sport has been adopted, a Polish Anti-Doping Agency has been established, a
laboratory accredited by WADA has been institutionally separated from the
Institute of Sport, and the city of Katowice has been selected as the host of
the World Anti-Doping Conference to be held on 5-7 November this year. 

The
agenda of the meeting included four sessions:

Session I – HISTORICAL
AND ETHICAL ASPECTS

Moderator: Hubert Krysztofiak, COMS

9:00    Conference aims and agenda – Michał
Rynkowski, POLADA Director

9:05    New challenges
in the fight against doping in sport – Witold Banka, Minister of Sport and
Tourism

9:20    Doping and
public health – Dr. Przemysław Rzodkiewicz, Chief Sanitary Inspectorate

9.40    “From
Bukowski to the World Conference on Doping in Sport – the history of the fight
against doping in Poland” – Dr. Andrzej Pokrywka, University of Zielona
Góra

10.00 Does the fight against doping in sport make
sense? Panel led by Paweł Wilkowicz (Sport.pl) with: Tomasz Majewski, Maja
Włoszczowska and Luiza Złotkowska

Session II – MEDICAL AND ANALYTICAL ASPECTS

Moderator: Andrzej
Pokrywka, University of Zielona Góra

11:00 Medical aspects of the fight against doping in
sport – Dr Jarosław Krzywański, COMS

11:20 Therapeutic use exemptions – do they fully
protect against possible abuse? – Katarzyna Szmigielska, Uniwersytet of Medical
Sciences in Łódź

11:40  Analytical challenges in the fight against
doping in sport – Dr Detlef Thieme, IDAS Kreischa (Germany)

12.10 Biological Passport Program – Dr Dorota
Kwiatkowska, Polish Anti-Doping Laboratory

Session III – LEGAL ASPECTS

Moderator: Aleksandra
Łysuniak-Strauch, Chair, 2nd Instance Disciplinary Panel, POLADA

13.10 Criminalization of doping – Prof. Andrzej Jan
Szwarc, School of Banking in Poznań

13.30 Disciplinary liability for violation of
anti-doping rules – Michał Rynkowski, POLADA

13.50  The significance of Poland in international
anti-doping policy – Rafał Piechota, Ministry of Sport and Tourism

14.10  Evaluation of the arbitration judiciary –
Ludwik Żukowski, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Polish Olympic Committee

Session IV – PUBLIC ASPECTS

Moderator: Prof.
Andrzej Małecki, POLADA

14:50  Pharmaceutical crime and doping – Prof.
Zbigniew Fijałek, Medical University of Warsaw

15:10 POLADA’s
investigative activity and cooperation with law enforcement agencies –
Agnieszka Ostrowska, POLADA

15:30 Direction of
anti-doping education – Grzegorz Borkowski, POLADA

15:50 Summary and
conclusion of the conference