Arab States

Iraq

  • Spreading awareness in the fight against doping in Iraq through teachers and students

Led by the Iraqi Anti-Doping Organization, this project will target teachers, coaches, and education personnel, to raise awareness on the fight against doping and the importance of disseminating this message to school children, university students and young athletes. Engaging up to 300 direct beneficiaries, the core thrust of the project comprises a series of educational workshops held across the country. These pedagogical sessions are designed to educate participants as to the negative effects of doping. To support knowledge-building, the Arabic version of the WADA Teacher Toolkit will be shared with participants to better equip them in spreading key anti-doping messages among their students. The entire project will be supported by a targeted media campaign to increase project visibility and communicate key messages on anti-doping to the wider public. A series of interviews will be aired on a local TV channel, as will short movies on the negative consequences of doping. Alongside this, various promotional materials will be distributed during major sports events to spread the anti-doping message more broadly and alert the public to the dangers of doping.

Jordan

  • Spreading awareness of the fight against doping through teachers and students (March 2011 to September 2011)
  • US$20,000

This project consisted of the translation of the teachers’ toolkit developed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) into Arabic and its dissemination to sport teachers and coaches in Jordanian schools and universities. A series of 25 anti-doping training sessions were also conducted, targeting 200 sport teachers, 100 coaches and 200 students. The objective was to sensitize key stakeholders to the harm caused by doping in sport.

  • Educating new national federations about anti-doping and their roles and responsibilities as partners of JADO in fighting doping in sport
  • US$20,000

Following changes in the governance of national federation teams, the Jordan Anti-Doping Organization (JADO) plans to implement a project aimed at educating the new national sport federations on the impact and dangers of doping, and the role and responsibilities of sport authorities, as partners of the JADO, in fighting doping in sport. A key feature of the project will be a series of workshops targeting administrators of national federations (220), anti-doping liaison officers (24), coaches (175), and athletes (1500). Developed according to the specific needs of each target group, lectures will be delivered by national anti-doping experts. Focus will be placed on improving communication between the various stakeholders engaged with the aim of strengthening national anti-doping efforts, laterally. Participants will benefit from an open discussion following the lectures, where key questions can be raised and discussed.

Morocco

  • Sensitization of the national sport federations to the fight against doping (January 2011 to June 2011)
  • US$20,000

UNESCO funding was provided for information sessions in the five main cities of Morocco to educate athletes and officials from national sports organizations about doping. Education and promotion materials were produced as a means to engage these stakeholders in the implementation of the national anti-doping policy.

  • Anti-Doping education and awareness-raising programme for sportsmen/women and managers of private sport facilities (June 2012 to November 2012)

The project consists of an anti-doping campaign targeted at adult and young sportsmen/women and managers of private sport facilities. Around 1,500 people will be reached through the organization of awareness-raising workshops in boxing, judo, aerobics, taekwondo and weightlifting clubs of seven different cities. Among the themes which will be covered are: the health consequences of doping, anti-doping rules violations, the organization of doping controls, the risks associated with nutritional supplements, etc. The programme will be publicized through the organization of two press conferences.

Tunisia

  • Competition among high school health clubs to produce educational material about doping (October 2009 to June 2010)
  • US$10,000

The project involved the organization of a competition among members of high school health clubs across Tunisia to develop anti-doping educational materials about doping in sport. The project aimed to inform students about the risks of doping, in particular the health consequences of steroid use, and to promote doping-free sport in high schools.

  • Competition among universities to produce educational and communication materials to be used for the national anti-doping programme (December 2010 to March 2011)
  • US$20,000

A competition was organized among students from four communications and art institutes/universities to develop anti-doping educational and communication materials. This project helped to engage youth in the fight against doping by encouraging them to produce materials to be used for education and communication initiatives. A number of the materials produced now form part of the national anti-doping education programme.

  • National survey on young athletes’ knowledge on doping (November 2011 to October 2012)
  • US$19,900

Building on the results of previous research conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency, with 725 high school students, the project involves a national survey to measure the knowledge of Tunisian young students. The survey sample will comprise of 2,000 young people in total, with 1,700 sports students forming the target group and 300 young people representing the control group. The project aims to assess the level of knowledge of Tunisian students, with a view to develop pedagogical tools on anti-doping education to be used in school curricula, especially for sports students, and awareness-raising activities, in cooperation with high schools sports or health clubs. A series of 50 anti-doping sensitization workshops will be organized by the National Anti-Doping Agency in the context of the project.

  • Private sports facilities: a new field of action in the fight against doping (2014)
  • US$13,000

As the third national project, under the Fund, led by the National Anti-Doping Agency (ANAD), this initiative focuses on the implementation of a series of activities in private gyms which have been identified as doping hot-spots. Engaging up to 2500 beneficiaries, the project will be rolled out in two phases. The first phase consists of the dissemination of a survey to target gyms (50) and the distribution of a connected questionnaire to a minimum of 50 gym users at each facility (2500 in total) to gage anti-doping awareness and practice. Once this data has been collected and analyzed, training and prevention activities will held engaging two separate target groups:  gym users (children, youth and adults) and trainers. Gym users will benefit from exposure to WADA tools, games, audio-visual materials and quizzes as well as debates with national anti-doping experts (6) at regular intervals during the project cycle; whereas the trainers will be engaged through WADA’s Coach True programme. Project impact will be assessed through the dissemination of a simple questionnaire, following activities, and a comparative analysis with the responses received at the outset.

Regional Projects

  • Regional Project - Morocco
  • Support the development of effective national policies in the fight against Doping (2014)
  • US$30,390

Representing Morocco’s first regional initiative, under the Fund, this project aims at creating political momentum in the field of anti-doping through the organization of a one-day conference gathering up to 3500 participants. Uniting policy makers (from Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco and Mauritania) with representatives of the sport movement, the conference will instigate free and frank discussions regarding anti-doping efforts in the region, underlining good practice examples. Through round table discussions and case-study examples, participants will reflect on their own national context and be charged with presenting a series of recommendations and priority actions for adoption by the Conference plenary. These recommendations will, subsequently, be formulated as anti-doping policy guidelines for the region. As a means of ensuring project legacy, a follow-up committee will be established to monitor progress against the adopted guidelines as well as to support governments in their implementation. The Conference will be publicized through a broad-based communications drive in the weeks preceding the event; notably through the organizers’ participation in anti-doping TV talk-shows, press articles and social network campaigns.

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