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

University of Brighton (Eastbourne), Tuesday 29th March, 12:00-13:45 (and live-streamed on

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.

To foreground the debate, Professor Uğur Erdener, Chair of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical & Scientific Commission, and Dr Olivier de Hon of, 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 by emailing: Professor Yannis Pitsiladis at