Promoting clean sport through UNESCO’s Anti-Doping Fund: 15 new projects approved
During a meeting held on 14 October 2014 at UNESCO’s Headquarters, the Approval Committee of the Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport approved 15 new project proposals, totaling more than US$300,000.
Seven of the applications were submitted by States Parties that have never benefitted from the Fund before, while five others were presented by States Parties that have tailored their initiatives to results and lessons learnt from previous projects under the Fund.
The 15 new projects are:
- Anti-doping Education Strategy towards Toronto 2015 (Peru)
- Choose the Right Track to Ljubljana Marathon (Slovenia)
- Teaching Values: Live without Cheating (Spain)
- The athlete entourage, an ally in the fight against doping in sport (Saint Lucia)
- Communicating the revised rules of OCALUDS, the new World Anti-Doping Code 2015 and anti-doping education to focal points in 5 of Cameroon’s 10 regions (Cameroon)
- E-learning tool on anti-doing for recreational athletes (Estonia)
- Anti-doping awareness through education (Bhutan)
- Phase 2: Anti-doping Education and Prevention in Sports and Anti-Doping Control Programme (Nicaragua)
- Capacity-building for all: training anti-doping promoters (Uruguay)
- Promoting integrity in sport through increased awareness of doping issues among athletes preparing for 2016 in Zambia (Zambia)
- Say No! to Doping (Guyana)
- Anti-doping education and awareness campaign in Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)
- Promoting the Healthy Way: Strengthening National Anti-Doping Programmes (Eritrea)
- Comparative social science research towards the evaluation of anti-doping policies (France, regional project)
- Education and doping prevention for athletes in the national system (Argentina)
Committee members appreciated the array of innovative new approaches to the fight against doping in sport: from the development of an interactive e-learning tool in Europe, the use of online technologies supporting regional access to anti-doping education in Latin America or the mobilization of civil society in anti-doping issues through mass engagement in art and essay competitions. The Committee also noted a rise in the number of values-driven projects promoting clean sport, fair-play and inclusion connecting the issue of doping to a wide ethical malaise in society.
Beyond project approval, the Fund’s Secretariat presented two new communication and information tools to Committee Members in response to a call to increase the Fund’s visibility and better support States Parties in the development of applications across all regions:
- an infographic connecting clean sport and clean society with the aim of engaging the wider public (elite athletes, recreational athletes, technical and medical personnel, government representatives, parents and youth);
- a “Tips and Tricks” information sheet, to be used alongside the Good Practice Leaflet for Project Leaders, which includes helpful hints on all aspects of project development from deciding on a title to the scope and legacy of an initiative.
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