Anti-doping Seminar for Young Athletes and Coaches
The annual anti-doping seminar for young athletes and their coaches was held this evening at the IBU Youth Junior World Championships in Otepää. More than 100 people took part in this special event. The seminar takes place every year at YJWCH, aiming at informing young athletes about the dangers of doping, its impact on athlete's sports careers and their future.
IBU Medical Delegate Anna Maria Malagoni and IBU Anti-Doping Administrator Lucie Rothauer conducted the seminar. They emphasized about the importance of such education. “The goal of the seminar is to educate young athletes and our main focus on those who are here for the first time. We explained the basics of anti-doping procedures, what kind of testing there are, where they can be tested and about dangers of doping in general. Usually, young athletes receive this kind of information at home from their national anti-doping agencies, but we think that it is very important at their age to remind them that doping is very dangerous and can be very harmful.”
Norwegian athlete Sverre Dahlen Aspenes has already attended few seminars but he thinks that it is important to get new information. “Year after year we get to see that doping is a problem and it is very important to conduct this kind of event. I think it has to be taken seriously, especially by the youth who are the future of biathlon.”
Canadian Coach Jacqueline Akerman noted the importance of having this seminar every year. “It is really important for the younger athletes, it gives them an understanding of the doping process and also what anti-doping means; gives them an opportunity to ask questions and not to be so scared of the subject. For us, we ask the athletes, even if they have been at the seminar before, to come here again because they learn different things each year and if they missed something, next time they might pick it up.”
The seminar is a follow-up of other anti-doping activities of IBU. Earlier this season, a former cyclist and a whistleblower Toby Atkins gave a talk about his choice of clean sport at IBU Junior Cup in Obertilliach, Austria in front of 70 junior athletes. At the beginning of this month, the IBU also came out with a new comprehensive anti-doping section on biathlonworld.com., where young athletes can learn more about anti-doping procedures, their responsibilities and rights as athletes and explore e-learning tools.
Estonian Anti-Doping Agency (EADA) is holding a stand as a part of the athletes outreach program here in Otepää— IBU Junior Cup (@IBU_Junior) February 28, 2018
Athletes get to learn about antidoping by playing quiz-games and official representatives are present to answer all their questions about antidoping #OTE18 pic.twitter.com/eQSvGR4gqY