UEFA is contributing to the European Union's Sports Manager Exchange programme, which sees professionals developing their education and training across Europe. On this latest occasion, a senior Swedish anti-doping official has been welcomed by UEFA's anti-doping unit.
Anders Rådström, a manager from the Swedish Sports Confederation, the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) of Sweden, and working for the implementation of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) anti-doping administration and management system (ADAMS), spent two days with the unit at the House of European Football in Nyon.
Mr Rådström has already visited Anti-Doping Switzerland, the Swiss National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) and Sport Accord – the union for both Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations – in Lausanne as part of his exchange and fact-finding mission, and the two days at UEFA involved discussions on all aspects of UEFA's anti-doping programme, allowing both organisations to share ideas and best practice and to further improve their working relationships.
UEFA's anti-doping programme is one of the largest in world football, and the exchange offers a unique chance for Mr Rådström to see behind the scenes and to understand how UEFA plans and implements its anti-doping activities across European football.
"The two days have been really useful and have allowed me to gain a valuable insight into how a major sports organisation operates its anti-doping programmes within some of the world's highest-level sporting competitions," said Mr Rådström.
"The UEFA anti-doping unit always welcomes the opportunity to engage with our anti-doping partners across Europe such as national anti-doping organisations," added UEFA anti-doping and medical manager Mike Earl. "Anders' visit has been really useful for us not only to help a leading national anti-doping organisation understand how our programme operates, but also in helping us to discuss shared objectives and to look for improved ways of working with NADOs such as the Swedish Sports Confederation wherever these may exist."
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