On 20 and 21 June, partners of the FAIR+ project gathered in Frankfurt (DE) to discuss the work that has been completed since the project’s start in January 2020, and the deliverables that will be presented in the next 6 months as the project comes to an end in December 2022. 
 
Welcomed by project partner TAFISA, partners dove into the details of the different work strands that have been unfolding in parallel for the past 2 years, under the common thread of providing greater insight into the prevalence of doping in recreational sport across Europe. 
 
Partners are divided into two Technical Expert Groups (TEG): TEG1 comprises academic researchers from Aarhus University, Sapienza University of Rome, and from the European Institute of Socioeconomics, while TEG2 is composed of expert practitioners from the National Anti-Doping Authorities (NADO) of Cyprus, the Netherlands and Norway.  
 
TEG1 has been conducting research on the existing prevalence of doping practices in recreational sport by analysing the findings from the survey conducted in the first half of 2021. Initial findings were presented at the 5th FAIR Forum and can be found here. TEG1 has also been studying the societal and psychological motivations behind the use of doping at amateur level. 
 
TEG2 has set out to propose educational guidelines offering recommendations on how to implement effective anti-doping programmes for trainers, coaches and instructors, based on a survey and follow-up qualitative research. 
 
All of the above will be presented at the 6th FAIR Forum this November 2022 in Brussels, and will be compiled into the FAIR+ final report. 
 
Stay tuned for the Save the Date of the 6th FAIR Forum, soon to be circulated! 
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Jun 30, 2022 By Pauline Joskin