27.03.2015 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Ministry of Sport and UNESCO united against doping

In the year before the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian Doping Control Authority (Autoridade Brasileira de Controle da Dopagem – ABCD) of the Ministry of Sports, and UNESCO are joining forces to combat doping in sport. Two events, in Sao Paulo and Brasilia, will focus on prevention and control of the use of illegal stimulants.

In Sao Paulo, on 7 April, 2015, the former North American cyclist, Tyler Hamilton, 44, will speak about his career and the experience of losing his titles after being caught out in doping tests. He was made to return his gold medal won in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games (Greece).

Hamilton was a colleague of Lance Armstrong, another North American cyclist who was then considered the greatest of all time. Armstrong has also ended up being banned from the sport for doping. Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle are co-authors of the book "The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France; Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs", which details Hamilton’s career while competing alongside Armstrong for the US Postal Service cycling team in the famous Tour de France.

Also in São Paulo, the former cyclist will participate in the 1st ABCD Seminar on Anti-Doping Education. Organized by ABCD and supported by UNESCO, the event will bring together some of the top Brazilian athletes. It will also promote lectures and simulations in order to raise awareness about doping control during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Brazil).

"Doping in sport not only represents a serious risk to the health of athletes, but also undermines the most basic principles of ethics, fair play and sporting values", says the officer for Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO in Brazil, Fabio Eon.

Brasilia will host the First Anti-Doping Intelligence Forum from 12 to 14 April, 2015. The event will be directed to controlling bodies and national anti-doping agencies with the participation of authorities and police officers who work in the repression of drug trafficking.

Both events are actions within the National Anti-Doping Week, 7-14 April. The initiative is sponsored by the Ministry of Sports. On April 6, there will be celebrated the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (follow on social media using the hashtag #ONUEsporte – contents in Portuguese). This International Day has been included in the United Nations observing calendar in August 2013. It was celebrated for the first time in 2014.

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