The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Southeast Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organization (SEARADO) and the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) at the opening event of the “2017 International Anti-Doping Seminar in Asia Oceania”. The agreement will establish a framework for co-operation between the three organisations, helping Tokyo 2020 deliver a Games where athletes can compete on a level playing field while protecting and developing the integrity of sport.
The agreement foresees cooperation in a number of areas, including:
- sharing of the three organisations' experience of hosting major international sporting events
- mutual cooperation regarding the promotion and implementation of anti-doping education programmes
- mutual cooperation covering the development of human resources, such as Doping Control Officers
Tokyo 2020 Sports Director Koji Murofushi commented, “I am delighted to have signed this Memorandum of Understanding with SEARADO and JADA. Our dream for Tokyo 2020 is to create a Games where clean athletes can fully demonstrate their talent and make the values of sport shine again through fair competition.”
JADA CEO Shin Asakawa added, “I believe that the activities that will result from this MoU will promote and support the development of anti-doping activities worldwide, and will help protect the value of sport. I hope that our co-operation will be a successful model not only for other countries in Asia and Oceania but also worldwide.”
Commented SEARADO Chairman Patrick Go, “With this MoU, SEARADO will have an even greater stake in the success of Tokyo 2020. It will facilitate collaboration in identifying experienced DCOs from the SEA region, who will then undergo further training in order to play a crucial role in the 2020 Games. In the area of education, SEARADO also hopes to also spread the ”Play True” message of JADA and Tokyo 2020.”