As an athlete, you have the right to compete on a clean and level playing field. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has always maintained a zero-tolerance stance towards doping to support and protect clean athletes, and that will be no different when you compete at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires.
It’s also part of your responsibility as an Olympian to help support that stance, so it’s important that you know what’s required of you and what support is available to you. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) oversees the global fight against doping, and you’ll have a chance to learn about their work – and what they can do for you – during the YOG at the WADA Anti-Doping booth.
Where is the WADA Anit-Doping booth?
You’ll be able to find the Anti-Doping booth in the Athlete365 Space, next to the Believe in Sport and Safe Sport areas. The Athlete365 Space will be near to both the dining hall and the official YOG photo booth, so it’ll be hard to miss!
When can I visit it?
The booth will be open during the first week of the Games, from 2 to 10 October, and you can visit any time between 10am and 9pm.
Who will be there?
The booth will be run by anti-doping experts from WADA. They will be joined by two athlete WADA representatives: three-time Olympian badminton player Petr Koukal from the Czech Republic, and basketball player Kady Kanoute Tounkara, who represented Mali at the Olympic Games in 2008.
What should I expect?
You’ll be able to take part in the Play True quiz, available in 36 languages, which tests your knowledge of anti-doping in sport. Do well, and you’ll walk away with a WADA trucker hat made and designed especially for Buenos Aires 2018! As well as having the chance to talk to WADA representatives, you can add your handprint and name to the Anti-Doping pledge wall, plus get some unique social media material with the zone’s Play True photo props and booth. On top of all that, you’ll also be able to challenge your friends to some table tennis.
Why should I go?
Anti-doping is something that is relevant to all athletes – no matter what level you’re competing at. You have responsibilities to yourself and to your sport, but you also have the right to compete in a clean environment. Educating yourself is the best way to ensure that you know where you stand and to avoid finding yourself in a difficult situation. It’s a complex subject, but the Anti-Doping booth will be a fun and positive space where you can show your support for the Olympic values.
For information and resources about the YOG Buenos Aires 2018, visit Athlete365’s ‘Get Ready Pack’ here