The Queen speaks at an anti-doping seminar

The Queen's speech was recorded at Drottningholm.

The Queen's speech was recorded at Drottningholm. Photo: The Royal Court of Sweden

On Monday 31 May, The Queen gave an opening speech at an anti-doping webinar arranged by Karolinska Institutet.

The seminar was attended by Professor Arne Ljungqvist, who has worked to combat doping for several decades. The work carried out by Professor Ljungqvist and others within sports since the 1970s has largely been extremely successful, both internationally and in Sweden.

In her opening speech, The Queen said:

"Sweden was the first country to sign UNESCO's Anti-Doping Convention, as well as one of the first countries in the world to criminalise possession of doping substances.

"Through the establishment of the Professor Arne Ljungqvist Professorship, Sweden once again has the opportunity to take an active and leading position in anti-doping and public health at Karolinska Institutet."

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Doping is a major problem for both elite sports and public health, with widespread use not least among young people. Extensive research and education are required to prevent the use of doping within society and to develop treatment methods.

In connection with the seminar, Karolinska Institutet aims to establish the world's first anti-doping professorship, named after Arne Ljungquist.