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Young athletes show great interest in anti-doping outreach programme in Gyor

 
Publication date : 09/07/2019

Hundreds of young gymnasts and their coaches had the opportunity to learn about the fight against doping in sport and what is currently being done to protect clean athletes during the first Artistic Gymnastics Junior World Championships in Gyor (HUN) at the end of June.

Many people stopped by an educational booth sponsored by the Hungarian Anti-Doping Group (HUNADO) in partnership with the FIG.

The young athletes who took part in this Junior Worlds received a comprehensive presentation explaining the harmful effects of doping, the risk of consumption of uncontrolled food supplements and other dangers linked to doping.

Booklets, flyers and other print or digital publications were also largely distributed. Many of the visitors expressed great interest in the anti-doping activities and asked questions to HUNADO’s staff and doping control officers.

Every person who stopped by the booth was also invited to test his/her knowledge by answering a quiz from the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA). Almost 500 people took the 40 question quiz, and the results revealed that a vast majority of them already had a general knowledge in the anti-doping field. Regardless of their results, each left the booth with small gifts featuring the “play true” slogan.

The FIG is committed to continuing to spread the anti-doping message and will organise other outreach initiatives during its major sporting events.