15 June 2017

WADA pleased with outcome of Latin American Education Symposium

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Fourteen Countries adopt Declaration of Buenos Aires

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announces that fourteen Latin American countries adopted the Declaration of Buenos Aires during the second Latin American Anti-Doping Education Symposium held from 13-14 June 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Hosted by Argentina, WADA organized the Symposium in cooperation with the Secretariat for Sport, Physical Education and Recreation in the Ministry of Education and Sport of Argentina and the Argentinian National Olympic Committee. There were 37 participants from the countries of Argentina, Brazil, Belize, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Puerto Rico.

WADA Deputy Director General, Rob Koehler, who opened the event alongside Argentina’s National Sport Secretary, Mr. Carlos MacAllister, said “WADA is pleased by the pledge that Latin American countries have made via the Declaration of Buenos Aires, which places education at the top of their agenda.” “It has been proven that anti-doping education has a crucial role to play in the fight against doping in sport,” Koehler continued.  “As a mandatory provision within the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), we need to ensure that all stakeholders are implementing a multi-tiered, balanced approach; which, includes education, prevention and detection,” he added. “We are convinced that, by placing greater emphasis on values-based education, we will prevent doping and increase the confidence and trust of clean athletes for years to come.”

“With the Youth Olympics Games being held in Buenos Aires in October 2018, this Symposium and Declaration set the stage by ensuring that all countries develop a robust education program for young athletes,” said Maria-Jose Pesce, WADA Director, Latin America Regional Office. “It is an important next step in ensuring that all stakeholders engage in anti-doping education,” Pesce added.

During the two-day Symposium, participants were provided with an overview of WADA’s education initiatives; as well as, up-to-date social science research outcomes – both that will be instrumental to shaping effective education and prevention programs. Furthermore, participating countries discussed the importance of anti-doping education and strategies to increase prevention; and, developed concrete plans for implementation in their respective countries.  It was as a result of these deliberations that the Declaration was developed, agreed and signed by participating countries. 

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Maggie Durand, Coordinator, Media Relations and Communications
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