The new 2021 WADA International Standard for Education states that an athlete’s first experience with anti-doping should be through education rather than doping control.
“As the organisation responsible for conducting an independent anti-doping program on behalf of the IOC, it is important that we safeguard the integrity of the event not only through testing, but also in all other areas of anti-doping,” says Benjamin Cohen, ITA Director General. “This first-ever pre-Games education program is another way for us to protect all participating athletes. We thank the IOC and WADA for their support in this initiative and hope that NOCs will find this guidebook useful in their preparation for Beijing.”
The guidebook was designed specifically for National Olympic Committees, as well as National Anti-Doping Organisations working on pre-Games education in collaboration with their NOCs. However, any and all other sport and anti-doping organisations are also welcome to download and use this resource.
The guidebook is supported by a wide range of educational materials such as video tutorials, PowerPoint presentations, website guidelines, survey templates etc. Unique log-in credentials were created for each NOC and NADO to download and use these resources. Any other organisations wishing to receive access are invited to contact the ITA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is part of a bigger pre-Games education program conducted by the ITA on behalf of the IOC. A survey of NOCs was conducted earlier in the year to identify any gaps in anti-doping education such as lack of capacity, expertise and resources. NOCs that have requested support for anti-doping education planning and/or delivery through the survey have been contacted with the offer of additional assistance.