Representatives from the German National Anti-Doping Association (NADA) and UNESCO dropped in at WADA’s Athlete Outreach Center last week to witness first-hand the benefits of communicating directly with athletes on anti-doping issues.
NADA Chairwoman Dr. Andrea Gotzmann (pictured in white) and Ms. Pilar Álvarez-Laso, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, visited the Center during the first week of the 2012 Paralympics, where they were introduced to WADA’s Outreach team and the methods employed to raise awareness of anti-doping.
“An important component in the fight against doping in sport is making sure that athletes know exactly the risk they are exposing themselves to if they decide to dope, along with the fact that it is cheating and contrary to the spirit of sport,” said NADA Chairwoman Dr. Andrea Gotzmann
UNESCO has a leading role in the fight against drugs in sport through its International Convention against Doping in Sport, which allows governments to register their support for the World Anti-Doping Code.
Following Lesotho’s decision to sign the Convention at the end of July 2012, it now has 171 states parties and is the second most-ratified of all UNESCO conventions.
WADA has a team of six working at its Outreach Center for the duration of the 2012 Paralympic Games.