As part of UK Anti-Doping’s (UKAD) Major Games Education programme, over 700 of the Britain’s top athletes have completed comprehensive clean sport education, in the build-up to this summer’s Olympic Games. The programme has been designed to support all of Team GB heading to Rio this summer and ensure they are in the best possible position to compete, and win, clean.
Working in partnership with the British Olympic Association (BOA), UKAD has delivered over 300 hours of face-to-face education since 2015, in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games. The programme is based on the theme of ‘Clean Sport, Clean Games, Clean Conscience’ and has been managed and delivered by UKAD, with support from the National Governing Bodies of sport.
The sessions for athletes, is delivered in two modules – Clean Sport and Clean Games – through face-to-face workshops and webinars.
The ‘Clean Sport’ module is aimed at all athletes who have potential for Rio, whilst ‘Clean Games’ is delivered to athletes selected for Rio and includes Games-time specific information such as anti-doping rules, scenarios and information on potential risks athletes may face in Brazil.
Athlete support personnel are also included in the programme and support staff heading to Rio have completed either the UKAD Accredited Advisor or Coach Clean courses.
Clean Games sessions have also introduced UKAD’s bespoke Rio ‘Squeaky’ rubber duck, as a reward for athlete engagement in the Major Games programme, and as a means of reinforcing athlete commitment to compete clean in a fun and engaging way.
Proudly bearing the phrase “I’m squeaky clean”, Squeaky has become a popular part of UKAD’s athlete engagement programme ahead of a major games over the last four years, with bespoke ducks also produced for both London 2012 and Glasgow 2014.
UKAD Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead said: “I would like to take the opportunity to thank the BOA, the sports and most importantly the athletes for their support of clean sport in the build-up to these Games. Their continued dedication and commitment to anti-doping has helped us to support those who will wear a Team GB shirt over the coming weeks, to be in the best possible position to compete, and win, clean.
“A robust and comprehensive anti-doping programme starts by identifying why doping may occur, and ensuring the right measures are in place to combat it. Athlete education is a fundamental and vital part of that prevention strategy. I am proud of the role we have played in preparing Team GB for the Rio Olympics, ensuring that athletes know and understand the rules, their responsibilities and how they can take steps to minimise the risk of inadvertent doping.”
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