Rattus Holmes in the Case of the Spoilsports

In 2008, UNESCO launched an educational cartoon targeted at young people entitled Rattus Holmes in the Case of the Spoilsports. Inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective stories, the cartoon explores the issue of doping in sport from a new angle.

The cartoon’s animal protagonists, Rattus Holmes and Felis Watson, learn about UNESCO’s role in anti-doping and the importance of the International Convention against Doping in Sport whilst investigating the problem of doping in their local sports clubs.

The story traces how two young athletes, the twins John and Tim Long, react differently to the pressures of competitive sport. Through these characters the audience is introduced to the substances and methods which are prohibited in sport, doping control procedures, the consequences of doping and a range of other important concepts. Without giving any more of the story away, the story concludes with the closing of the Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Rattus Holmes in the Case of the Spoilsports has been produced in three languages. It is available for non-commercial purposes and can be downloaded free of charge in PDF format (6 MB).

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