November 4, 2011
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Africa to host WADA Education Symposium

Sixty participants from 37 African countries will assess their anti-doping education needs and receive guidance on education programs when they attend WADA’s Education Symposium in Johannesburg next week.

The Nov. 9-10 event will be co-hosted by the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) and is the first of three education symposia WADA will be staging in different parts of the world over the next 12 months.

As well as providing a platform for anti-doping education experts to share ideas and experiences, the Symposium will provide information needed for Anti-Doping Organizations to implement effective education programs.

“Education is a powerful tool in the fight against doping in sport, and the Symposium will allow us to better understand the needs of the region and to share our knowledge with those in the field in Africa,” said WADA Director of Education Rob Koehler.

“Our overall goal is to establish mechanisms to implement effective anti-doping education programs so that all athletes, especially the next generation coming through, can be fully informed of the risks involved in doping.”

The Symposium was made possible in part by the support from SAIDS and its commitment to assisting the fight against doping in sport across Africa.

Held in English and French, the Symposium will provide working sessions for participants to commence development of anti-doping education programs.

Prof. Paul Singh, Chief Director of Sport at Sports & Recreation South Africa, will address the participants at a dinner hosted by SAIDS on Nov. 9.