"It's not the size of the ship…"

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On 15-16 August, the INHDR held its fifth international conference in Aarhus, Denmark. The conference was well attended, but more importantly the papers that were delivered had a noticeably high quality. I couldn't help comparing with other conferences I have attended with hundreds or perhaps thousands of delegates placed at fabulous venues but where I've only heard about a handful of interesting papers. So, as they say; "It's not the size of the ship, it's the motion of the ocean!" And there were many papers at the INHDR conference that made waves on the doping issue. Quite a few took the challenge and reflected upon the conference theme "What do we (really) know about doping?" in their presentations. Not only as regards to the reliability of official statistics and the information that flows from organisations, NADOs and other stakeholders in sport, but also the more demanding task of confronting one's own previous research and the potential drawbacks and pitfalls it has had. Not only is such a task demanding it is also very fruitful since it allows for real progress in the studies and analyses we disseminate.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year16 Sep 2013
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2013

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