Youth Zone

Welcome to WADA’s Youth Zone, where you can find information on drug use (doping) in sport and why it is banned.

Play True Generation

WADA is challenging people your age (under 18) to be the Play True Generation - to be a generation to completely reject doping.

Play True is WADA's tagline or slogan. Athletes who pledge to Play True are committed to sport that is free from doping.

Doping has been part of sport since Ancient Greek times. Throughout the history of sport, there have been athletes who chose to dope and a majority who chose to compete without using performance-enhancing substances.

Being part of the Play True Generation means that you are committed to leading the way in promoting and ensuring clean sport.

Get the Facts

About WADA

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was created in 1999, after major doping scandals hit the world of sports. The independent international organization was created to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against doping in sport around the world. WADA is governed and funded by both the sport movement (Olympic Movement) and governments of the world. Visit the links below to learn more about WADA.

WADA's Governance
WADA's Logo Story & History

The World Anti-Doping Code

The World Anti Doping Code, known as the Code, was created to ensure that athletes in all countries and all sports are subject to the same anti-doping rules and procedures, to ensure fairness. The Code works in conjunction with five International Standards that provide more technical guidance to anti-doping organizations. To learn more about the Code and the five International Standards, visit the link below.

The Code & International Standards

WADA's Activities

From setting anti-doping rules and standards, to educating athletes about the dangers of doping, to accrediting anti-doping laboratories, WADA's main activities reflect the importance of a comprehensive approach to the fight against doping in sport.

WADA at a Glance

Definition of Doping

We often only think of doping as being the use of a prohibited (banned) substance, but breaking other anti-doping rules is also considered doping.

In the Code, doping is defined as breaking one or more anti-doping rule(s). This is also called an anti-doping rule violation.

Dangers of Doping

Not only is doping unethical and against the rules of sport, it can result in serious health consequences.

The Dangers of Doping Leaflet explains why doping is a concern beyond being against the rules of sport. The Leaflet presents the risks associated with using dietary/nutritional supplements, as well as the health consequences associated with steroids, EPO, stimulants, human growth hormone (hGH), masking agents, marijuana, and narcotics.

The leaflet is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian. For other languages, consult the Other Languages section on the Web site.

Play True Challenge

Play True Challenge is a computer simulation that was launched during the first Youth Olympic Games, in Singapore, in August 2010.

Play True Challenge has two sides: sport and life. The "sport side" is a simple, fun mini-video game where you control your character in the sport of JumpCross. In the "life side" you are presented with a series of conversations with your coach, teammates, doctor and many others. In Play True Challenge you are confronted with choices about doping and the consequences of your choices. The choices you make will have an impact on your ability to perform in the mini-game.

Play True Challenge is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, and Russian. Start playing now!