Live debate between Prof Yannis Pitsiladis & Dr Paul Dimeo, chaired by CW’s Dr Michael Hutchinson, followed by audience Q&A

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The debate will take place at the University of Brighton (Eastbourne) on Tuesday March 29, from 12:00 to 13:45. You can also watch a live-stream by returning to this page on the day.

In two recent comment columns for Cycling Weekly, anti-doping specialists Dr Paul Dimeo (University of Stirling) and Professor Yannis Pitsiladis (University of Brighton) set out their sharply contrasting views on how to tackle doping in sport.

Dimeo is in favour of ‘revolution’ — the implementation of a wholly different approach — while Pitsiladis supports ‘evolution’ within the ongoing drive for improved detection and deterrence.

In front of an audience of fellow experts, athletes and sports fans at the University of Brighton, Dimeo and Pitsiladis will debate the future of anti-doping and how sport should strive to protect athletes, reinstate the principles of fair competition, and regain credibility.

The event will be chaired by former national time trial champion and Cycling Weekly columnist Michael Hutchinson.


Read up on what the speakers think about the future of anti-doping


To foreground the debate, Dr Richard Budgett, Medical and Scientific Director of the Olympic Committee (IOC), and Dr Olivier de Hon of Doping.nl, the Anti-Doping Knowledge Centre, will speak about the latest work of their respective organisations.

This is a free-to-attend event, subject to available places. Secure your place now (up to four persons per booking) by emailing: Y.Pitsiladis@brighton.ac.uk.

Venue address: Hillbrow Lecture Theatre, 1 Denton Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7SR.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    While there is so much money to be made illegally I would think either way is destined to fail.