Anti-Doping Forum 2009, Berlin

Berlin, 2009

The fight against doping – is it a losing battle? The realities of doping and the position of the major players in the sports business

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Despite all efforts of the stakeholders in the fight against doping, the problem is more current than ever. The production and distribution of forbidden substances appears to be carrying on as before, positive tests and unbelievable records are shaking confidence in a fair sport. How do the media, the sporting goods industry and the politicians position themselves? How can we succeed in maintaining top class sports as a positive component of our society? Seminar participants discussed these and other questions relating to doping with representatives from politics, the sporting goods industry, WADA, research and the media, as well as with a former member of the “scene”, at the 4th Anti-Doping Forum, which Martens Rechtsanwälte organised in November 2009 in Berlin.

Prof. Dr Dr Perikles Simon

How can we fight the high-tech doping of today and tomorrow? Concrete proposals for action from the perspective of sports medicine and molecular biology

Dr Christoph Bergner

The epidemic of doping – should the State reconsider promoting competitive sports?

David Howman

What has been achieved? And what still remains to be done in the fight for a clean sport? Successes and challenges of WADA’s anti-doping task force

Herbert Hainer

“Impossible is nothing” – the sporting goods industry torn between world records and doping scandals

Steffen Simon

In on the live action – top performance attracts viewers. Television torn between the mandate to provide information and moral responsibility

Herbert Hainer

Chairman of the Board of adidas AG
After graduating in economics and working for a few years as a Sales Manager at Procter & Gamble GmbH he joined adidas in 1987. Since 2001 Herbert Hainer has been very successfully leading the adidas Group with famous brands such as adidas, Reebok and Taylor Made.

Ángel Guillermo Heredia Hernández

Chemist and trainer
Born in Mexico City, Heredia Hernández holds two Bachelor Degrees in Science and a Minor Degree in Health Studies. He was a discus thrower and until a few years ago supplied top athletes with doping substances. He has since changed sides and is now an important source of information in the fight against doping.

David Howman

Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
David Horman was formerly a barrister in Wellington, New Zealand, specialising in sports law. From 2000 to 2003 he was the Chairman of the New Zealand Sports Drug Agency. He is an avid sports fan, is a former Commissioner for NZ Rugby and President of NZ Tennis, and continues to keep up his tennis, golf and running.

Prof. Dr Dr Perikles Simon

Head of the Department for Sports Medicine, Prevention and Rehabilitation at the University of Mainz
Perikles Simon obtained a Degree and MD in Medicine and a PhD in Neural and Behavioural Sciences from the Max Planck Research School in Tübingen. From 2004 to 2009 he was a physician at and the Head of the Molecular Biology Laboratory of the Department of Sports Medicine at the University Hospital of Tübingen. He is a member of WADA’s Gene Doping Panel and has been researching direct proof of gene doping since 2006.

Steffen Simon

Head of Sports at Westdeutscher Rundfunk
From 1992 this learned radio journalist from Berlin was a presenter of various TV shows on public stations until he moved to SAT 1 in 1998 to present “ran” and to be a commentator for Bundesliga games. In 2000 he became the Head of Sports at ORB, in 2003 he was made the Head of the sports programme “Sportschau Bundesliga” and since 2006 he has been the Head of Sports at WDR and the Head of ARD’s Doping Editorial Department.

Dr Christoph Bergner

Secretary of State in the German Federal Ministry of the Interior
An agricultural engineer and politician, from 1993 to 1994 he was the Prime Minister of the state of Saxony-Anhalt. Since 2005 he has been the Parliamentary Secretary of State at the Ministry of the Interior.