The sixth annual FAIR Forum will take place on Wednesday 9 November 2022 in Brussels, and will present the findings of the last three years of work achieved through the FAIR+ project. The project will reveal the FAIR+ report, including all main deliverables, as well as the executive summaries of the three branches of research that were conducted on: 
 
  • recreational athletes’ use of performance enhancing substances, from the largest ever survey conducted on the topic 
 
  • the societal and psychological motivations behind the use of doping in recreational sport 
 
  • a new approach to anti-doping programmes for trainers and coaches 
 
This final edition of the Forum is the culmination of 6 years of hard work to shift public health concerns in anti-doping efforts at recreational sport level. Indeed, FAIR+ conducted the largest survey on recreational athletes’ doping habits that revealed the prevalence in the use of banned substances is lower than has been previously thought. However, the use of ‘over-the-counter’ medication to improve performance flags the need for further attention, education, and regulation. 
 
Registrations for in-person attendance are now open, please note the event will also be livestreamed.  
 
Working programme
 
Session 1- Performance enhancing drugs in recreational sport 
 
10.00 Welcome, Prof Michael McNamee 
 
10.10 The FAIR+ Project, Cliff Collins 
 
10.20 Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs in Recreational Sport in Europe, Dr Monika Frenger, PD Dr Werner Pitsch, Prof Ask Vest Christiansen, Prof Andrea Chirico 
 
 Q&A and Debate 
 
11.40 Keynote, Prof Susan Backhouse TBC 
 
12.00 Conclusions of Session 1 
 
Session 2- The FAIR+ Forum 
 
13.00 Introduction to Session 2, Prof Michael McNamee 
 
13.05 Guidelines for Anti-Doping education for coaches, instructors, and trainers who are actively engaged in recreational sport, Erik Duiven, Dr Fredrik Lauritzen, Dr Michael Petrou 
 
Q&A and Debate 
 
13.50 Keynote, Tony Cunningham 
 
Q&A and Debate 
 
14.50 FAIR+ Commitment to Action, European Commission representative TBC 
 
15.05 Forum Conclusions, Prof Michael McNamee and Cliff Collins 
 
The FAIR+ project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. 
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Sep 15, 2022 By Pauline Joskin