Canterbury Industry Forum - Tuesday 13th October 2015
September 28, 2015
Prodigal Seelster CSBA Summer of Speed Series
December 5, 2014
2015 NZSBA Cup Eve Function
November 25, 2015
2015 World Trotting Conference - Integrity
February 28, 2015
Day Three at the WTC focused on Integrity issues ranging from use of drugs in sport, the development of IIRIS to an analysis of the anatomy of a scandal.
The common theme to emerge was the need to share information and the need to try and stay one step ahead.
The Key Note Address for the entire Conference was provided by John Fahey with his presentation titled ‘No Integrity – No Sport’.
With many years of global experience he passionately believes in the co-operation between nations and authorities to work together, to share information and that rules have to be universal.
For all sports, not just racing, public confidence hinges on integrity and the loss of integrity will be the loss of public confidence. There is a need for the constant investing as an industry in the science of performance enhancing.
The single biggest threat to sport (all) is performance enhancing drugs.
But how do you catch the Cheats?
Three speakers provided three differing areas of approach ranging from race day and on-going information gathering testing and procedures, drug analysis for both existing but more importantly new trends in drug detection and usage and another on the data information gathering with the dissemination and sharing of that information.
Key points to come from these panellists:
For pre-race testing the use of detection using plasma compared to urine samples produces better and more accurate results
Routine heavy metal testing is about to begin
The future of drug control is where you aren’t looking
Gene doping is not here yet but is ‘absolutely coming’ and will hit the horse racing industry first
IRIIS – the ‘International Racing Information & Integrity Service’ – has made great progress developments since the last conference and is now being used by an increasing number of racing organisations to share information.
The challenge for IRIIS is to protect the integrity of the horse industry.
All of these issues were – in many ways – touched upon during the story of the ‘Greenlight Scandal’ where analysis of wrong-doing was told with the consequent outcome followed by charges being laid and finally convictions. Co-operation by both industry and community law enforcement in the ability to not just be judged before their sports peers but also being brought to justice before the wider community for the wrong-doing.
Quotes of the Day
“The trainers who use cobalt should be prosecuted for animal welfare crimes as well as breaking the sports rules”
“Fight technology with technology”
“Economic benefits from racing hinges almost entirely on public confidence or the industry will wither and die”