More than 200 stakeholders of WADA were brought together for the ABP Symposium ©WADA

The World Anti-Doping Agency united more than 200 stakeholders as it staged the third Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) Symposium in New Delhi.

Delegates from all parts of ABP programmes - such as testing, administration, expert reviews and results management - came together to promote practices compliance and to exchange knowledge and lessons.

The event, hosted by India's National Anti-Doping Organisation, involved national and regional anti-doping bodies, International Federations, Athlete Passport Management Units (APMUs), WADA-accredited laboratories as well as ABP specialists who review passports.

"WADA was thrilled to convene so many stakeholders from around the world to discuss the Athlete Biological Passport programme," said Reid Aikin, WADA associate director of the ABP.

"The success of the ABP relies heavily on the coordination and collaboration between different stakeholder groups.

"A key theme of this Symposium was enhancing communication between ABP partners - recognising its importance, where it can be improved and ultimately working towards developing solutions to enhance the exchange of information between all involved in the ABP."

The Symposium's programme consisted of going through an overview of the endocrine module, examining the NextGen ABP module in WADA’s Anti-Doping Management System, implementing new blood steroidal markers within the steroidal module and discussing blood withdrawal as a form of doping evidence.

Talks were also held on using the ABP to reveal sample swapping, integrating information from the ABP into investigations, ABP legal developments and several cases relating to haematological, steroidal and endocrine passports.

Aikin added: "When we talk about 'Raising the Game' for the ABP, it is not just about integrating new markers or modules, it is also about doing more with the information we already have.

"As we have heard over the past three days, getting the right information to the right people is critical for the efficiency and efficacy of the ABP."