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Emanuel joins WADA Athlete Commission

 
Emanuel is looking forward to acting as a liaison between WADA and the athletes
Rio de Janeiro, January 23, 2013 – While still going strong on the beach court 20 years into his career, Emanuel Rego is about to embark on a new kind of challenge off the court. The Brazilian star will soon attend his first meeting as a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Athlete Commission in New York, USA.

Emanuel was invited to join the committee at the end of last year, and his first session as part of the group will be on January 28.

“I was very surprised and pleased with the nomination,” said Emanuel. “Only a few of the group’s members change each year. I have always valued the work done by doping control and am very happy with the chance to participate in a time when this sector is high in Brazil, because of the World Cup and the Olympic Games.”

WADA's Athlete Commission was created in 2005 when it featured another Brazilian, Marcus Vinicius Freire, a former volleyball player, as one of its members. The group has 14 athletes and three observers, who meet periodically to discuss issues relating to doping control officers with the Agency.

“The Commission's role is to represent the views of athletes in contact with WADA and transmit them everything that is discussed in the meetings,” said Emanuel. “I’ll be the one responsible for establishing this communication, primarily with athletes in South America.”

Given his extensive experience on the sports scene, Emanuel points out the athletes' awareness about the importance of prevention work against doping in sport as their first "flag" in the new role.

“The first step is to modify the view that athletes are on the doping control. When we are tested, we often face distrust. But in fact, this is a move that further enhances our achievements, proving that we are clean, and enhancing the credibility of the sport.”





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