WADA’s Play True Generation Program, which encourages young athletes, their coaches and support personnel to be leaders in promoting clean sport, launched at the 2nd Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China on Friday (August 16).
Play True Generation targets athletes under the age of 18 at major multi-national, multi-sport competitions across the world. The program’s aim is to provide young athletes with fair play ideals, and the opportunity to learn more about doping-free sport in an interactive environment.
The centre has been staffed by five anti-doping experts, who have interacted directly with the athletes through a series of anti-doping games and questions aimed at encouraging athletes to consider the values of sport and fair play. Through the program, athletes have been asked to perform a number of tasks, including the manipulation of sample collection bottles, in addition to being provided with in-depth information about anti-doping.
WADA Director of Education & Program Development Rob Koehler said: “It is great to have been able to organize Play True Generation at the second edition of the Asian Youth Games. With the support of the OCA and the local organizing committee, the program has been a huge success. In providing the Play True Generation for the young athletes and their teams in Nanjing, it has been pleasing to see all participants so engaged and interested in learning about anti-doping. We look forward to welcoming more competitors to our center throughout the rest of the week.”
WADA’s Play True Generation Center will continue throughout the duration of the games, from August 16 – 24.