25.11.2016 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

Clean sport – UNESCO supports new anti-doping initiatives

© UNESCO / Aubrey P. Graham

The Approval Committee of UNESCO’s Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport has approved 16 national projects worth over USD 280,000, during its second meeting for the 2016-2017 biennium at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, on 22 November 2016.

The second meeting was the occasion for Members to present an overview of anti-doping activities and events taking place in their respective countries and regions. In the same vein, the key role of Regional Anti-Doping Organizations in assisting countries to fight doping in sport was presented by the World Anti-Doping Agency's representative, Ms Anne Jansen.

The positive results and outcomes of three national projects under the Fund (Zambia’s education and awareness programme for athletes preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games, Togo’s strategic plan to fight doping in sport 2017-2021, and Tunisia’s study on doping knowledge and practice in private gyms) were presented as recent success stories to advance the anti-doping fight on the ground.

At the end of the meeting, 16 national initiatives submitted by States Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport and covering the three priorities of the Fund (education, policy advice and capacity-building) were approved, bringing the grand total to 208 projects supported by the Fund since its establishment. Among these projects, four were presented by States Parties that have never before benefitted from the Fund (Andorra, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Fiji, and Madagascar).

The Approval Committee commended the strong multi-stakeholder engagement in all projects submitted by States Parties. It was equally highlighted that these anti-doping initiatives were built as a response to identified needs and challenges, also based on local and national research. Committee Members appreciated the use of innovative multimedia tools and videos to disseminate the clean sport message through public outreach campaigns. The increasing number of projects targeting athletes’ parents, teachers and healthcare professionals was applauded.

Finally, the session afforded the opportunity to discuss about the strategic investment of the Fund’s resources and the way forward. Reinforcing the ties between the Fund’s Approval Committee and the Bureau of the Conference of Parties is vital for States Parties’ compliance with the Convention.

The newly approved projects are:

  • Promotion of Health through Fair-Play without Doping: Regional Anti-Doping Symposia (Mexico)
  • What’s Your Game? (¿A qué estás jugando?) – Communications Campaign (Colombia)
  • Live Without Cheating 4th edition, 2017: Training for Physical Education Teachers (Spain)
  • Capacity Development for National Sports Federations and for Members of Regional Anti-Doping Committees (Cameroon)
  • Young Athletes and Food Supplements: Trend or Performance? A preventive approach (Tunisia)
  • Consultancy for Compliance with the International Convention against Doping in Sport and the World Anti-Doping Code (Fiji)
  • Values-Based Anti-Doping Education and Awareness Campaign in Zimbabwe Schools (Zimbabwe)
  • Engaging Healthcare Professionals to Eliminate Inadvertent Doping in Sports: Study on Knowledge, Attitude and Practice and Structured Educational Programme (Malaysia)
  • Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the Mongolian NADO (Mongolia)
  • Outreach Campaign on Education and Prevention of Doping for National Athletes (Togo)
  • First Anti-Doping Education Program for Athletes, Coaches, Sport Officials, Physical Education Teachers and Sport Students (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)
  • Encouraging Fair Ethics and Standards Using Contemporary Tools to Educate the Athletes of the Bahamas Swimming Federation: “Clean Swim, Clean Win” (Commonwealth of the Bahamas)
  • Strengthening the Fight against Doping – Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (Georgia)
  • Doping prevention as a health issue in sport: Anti-Doping Education for Sports Animators and Educators and clean sport public campaign (Andorra)
  • Preventing Doping “Parents Reach one, Teach one” - JADCO/National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) Anti-Doping Education Parenting Workshops (Jamaica)
  • Promoting Clean Sport in Madagascar through a Sensitization Campaign for Young Malagasy Athletes and Training of Sport Officials (Madagascar)

Check out the map including all activities supported by UNESCO’s Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport!

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