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Stirling to Host World Anti-Doping Leader

richard pound .jpgThe University of Stirling will welcome one of the foremost authorities on anti-doping policy in the world for a one-off public debate.

Dick Pound, former vice-president of the International Olympic Committee and founding President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will visit Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence to host a lecture tackling “The Big Sporting Question: doping in sport, is there a way forward?”

Exploring how recent events have shown the discrepancy between what is said and what is done in the fight against doping in sport, Mr Pound will discuss how clean athletes can be better protected against those who cheat.

Dr Paul Dimeo, senior lecturer in sport policy at the School of Sport, said: “As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, we prepare world-class athletes for global competitions and lead research in sport policy and science. We look forward to welcoming one of the world’s leading anti-doping spokespeople to campus.

“Mr Pound has been highly influential in shaping WADA’s approach to doping and leading recent investigations, including into Russian sports. I am very pleased he is able to explore vital sports issues with our students and the wider sports community and I encourage members of the public to come and join the debate.”

Stirling researchers are currently examining drug use in sport, working with the World Anti-Doping Agency to shape global anti-doping programmes.

The Big Sporting Question will take place on Thursday, 21 April at the University’s Logie Lecture Theatre. The event is free to attend and you must register in advance.

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