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Anti-doping outreach programmes show way for athletes

Athletes have been educating themselves on the importance of the anti-doping code
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 9, 2017 – The FIVB’s Play Clean anti-doping outreach programme has been growing in influence and has been used to educate athletes, coaches and staff at a number of FIVB tournaments in recent weeks. 

During the Vienna 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 50 players visited the Play Clean booth that was run by the FIVB in conjunction with NADA Austria, the Austrian National Anti-Doping Agency. 

Nanjing in China was the scene for the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships, where 90 athletes from Brazil, China, Mozambique, Spain, Poland and Thailand visited the booth that was run by the FIVB and CHINADA (the National Anti-Doping Organisation of China). The players all tested their anti-doping knowledge by doing the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) quiz.

At the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship in the Czech Republic, 50 players from the host nation, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey and the USA learned more about the Play Clean programme, which was run by the FIVB and the Czech Republic anti-doping agency. 

Earlier in the year athletes took part in an outreach programme during the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship in Kobe, Japan. A total of 40 athletes and 23 support staff took part and later signed a flag to underline their commitment to drug-free sport.

The aim of the Outreach Programme is to broaden the knowledge of players about anti-doping as soon as possible in their careers. The programme is also a good opportunity to speak to athletes in person.

The programme aims to increase the knowledge of participants on anti-doping matters in an interactive and fun manner. The programme also allowed athletes to participate through an online quiz which tests the level of understanding of athletes and officials on current anti-doping procedures.

In addition to the Outreach Programme, the FIVB runs the Play Clean online educational programme for athletes and support personnel that covers the new World Anti-Doping Code. Athletes can learn the basics of the code through seven short modules of three-four minutes each and then maintain their learning through further online modules.

The FIVB Play Clean online educational programme for athletes and support personnel has now been expanded and is available in seven languages – English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian. Learn more at FIVB Play Clean.


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