11 April 2012

RUSADA and FIE unite for Outreach program

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and Fédération Internationale d’Escrime (FIE) joined forces in early April to run an Outreach program at the World Cadet and Junior Fencing Championships in Moscow.

More than 250 athletes visited the Outreach booth during the four-day event (April 2-5) where they were welcomed by experienced anti-doping officials from RUSADA and FIE.

The athletes were encouraged to test their knowledge of anti-doping regulations by playing WADA’s Play True Quiz, and were provided with educational material stored on specially-designed USB wrist bands.

“The anti-doping community has to unite its efforts to meet the challenges of today and to improve the efficiency of anti-doping activities,” explained RUSADA Deputy Director Igor Zagorsky.

“RUSADA successfully collaborates with a number of international federations and National Anti-Doping Organizations, especially with regards to education.

“Joint educational projects aimed at young athletes are especially important in shaping public attitude to doping and in promoting the idea of clean sport. Outreach is an effective way to communicate with a young audience and get feedback.

“This tool also helps to identify gaps concerning anti-doping awareness and allows us to work out further steps for eliminating these gaps.”

RUSADA has been running Outreach programs - based on WADA’s Outreach model - since 2009 when it first adopted the initiative at the Russian Athletics Championships in Cheboksary.