10 New Anti-Doping Projects Approved
The Approval Committee for the Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport met at UNESCO Headquarters on 9 June to consider a number of high quality applications for funding.
Ten new projects (Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cuba, El Salvador, Jamaica, Niger, Nigeria, Saint-Kitts and Nevis, Senegal, United Kingdom on behalf of Cayman Islands), worth in excess of US$150,000, were approved, including education and capacity-building programmes on the fight against doping. Funding has, for example, been provided to Senegal for a training programme targeted at medical and paramedical personnel, former elite athletes, and managers of sports federations to become anti-doping focal points. A series of education sessions will also be organized throughout the country for 190 international or national level athletes.
Bosnia and Herzegovina was granted funding for the translation of UNESCO and the World Anti-Doping Agency educational materials into the various languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina and their dissemination to young athletes, athlete support personnel and representatives of sports federations. They will also undertake a survey to assess the level of compliance of 50 sports federations with anti-doping regulations and the World Anti-Doping Code. The data collected will then be used to develop action plans for the sports federations and ultimately to increase compliance with the International Convention against Doping in Sport.
Among the approved projects is also a Regional Project, submitted by El Salvador with the support of Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama, for the development of an athlete outreach programme in the context of Youth Games which will be held in the region in 2011.
Since the establishment of the Fund by UNESCO in 2008, 57 projects worth US$900,000 have received financial assistance. These projects span all regions of the world:
- Africa (18)
- Arab States (4)
- Asia and Pacific (5)
- Europe and North America (9)
- Latin America and the Caribbean (21)