Professor Arne Ljungqvist has dedicated more than 45 years in the fight against doping and is one of the worlds most renown doping experts. He is a professor in medicine and competed himself in the Olympic games in Helsinki 1952 as a high jumper. Injuries put a halt on this athletic career and instead he started to study medicine at the Karolinska Institute where he later worked as a professor.

When Professor Ljungqvist returned to the world of sports in the early 70’s after his medical studies, he realized how widespread doping was within competitive sports.

“The first thing I noticed was how healthy athletes, men and women, were allowed to take anabolic steroids and no one had the knowledge about the side effects. With my background within the medical field I understood how dangerous this could be and that anabolic steroids could cause serious side effects. However, despite that it was perfectly legal to take the drugs and it was not even seen as immoral.”

In the early 1970s international associations were still passive, it was only at the Olympic Games that doping controls were conducted. At Ljungqvist’s initiative, rules and doping controls were introduced in Sweden as an initial attempt to come to terms with the problem. In 1976, he was elected to the International Association of Athletic Federation (IAAF) and was commissioned to form the antidoping activity of the federation. He soon realized that an independent anti-doping organization, supported by the entire sports world and the international legal community, was needed. This resulted in the formation of WADA – World Anti-Doping Agency – in 1999. WADA has its base in Montreal, Canada. In 2008-2013 he was the vice chairman.

Professor Ljungqvist has also been the chairman of the Swedish Sports Confederation and the Swedish Athletic Association, as well as the chairman of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), WADA Medical Commission and Swedish Cancer Society. He is now an honorary member of the IOC. In 2011, he started his own foundation, Professor Arne Ljungqvist’s Anti-Doping Foundation and has been its chairman since then.

H.S.H Albert II Prince of Monaco

It means a lot to have an international Patron. H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco has been an old friend of Professor Ljungqvist and Monaco means something special for him.

Monaco has always been my 'second home-country'. It has also hosted 'my' association – The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and has been very kind to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), during all the years while I was the chairman of its medical commission. Therefore, the foundation is very honoured and deeply thankful that H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco has accepted to be the Patron of the Foundation."

Arne Ljungqvist Chairman, Arne Ljungqvist Anti-Doping Foundation

Advisory Board -Together in the fight against doping

Through the  Advisory Board we want to create dialogue and collaboration between the different actors working with these issues, collate the latest knowledge and use this experience to lobby for and bring about improvements in public health.The foundation’s Advisory Board consists of representatives from the highest level of sports (Carolina Klüft, Sebastian Samuelsson and Erica Johansson), Pure for Sure, The Public Health Agency of Sweden, the Swedish Anti-Doping Organization, PRODIS and the business world as well as representatives from GIH and the University of Gävle that conducts scientific research within this field of study.

I have been very engaged in the doping issue within sports, but over time also been made aware of the public health issue. As they are two side of the same coin. If we can eliminate doping in society then we also eliminate it from sports.

Sebastian Samuelsson Olympic Gold Medalist in Biathlon

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