WADA launches new e-learning course for Gifted Athletes competing at a Main Occasion

The World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) is happy to announce the launch of a brand new interactive schooling course, ‘Gifted Athletes competing at a Main Occasion,’ on its Anti-Doping Schooling and Studying Platform (ADEL). The course, which is offered in English, French, and Spanish, was developed by WADA in collaboration with the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Worldwide Testing Company (ITA).

Specifically tailor-made to Gifted Athletes, who’re outlined within the Tips for the Worldwide Normal for Schooling as “Athletes coaching often and dedicated to sport, recognized as gifted by some formal mechanism equivalent to attending expertise camps, or a part of a gifted improvement program,” the course is meant to supply anti-doping schooling to younger athletes which might be making ready to attend a Main Occasion in a means that’s accessible to them. That is aligned with the Worldwide Normal for Schooling rules that an athlete’s first expertise with anti-doping needs to be by Schooling fairly than doping management and that matters and content material of schooling needs to be tailored to satisfy the wants of the target market.

The course will stroll athletes by anti-doping guidelines, clarify why some drugs comprise elements which might be banned in sport, and lay out the testing course of by the lens of a Main Occasion.

WADA Senior Supervisor of Schooling, Katrien Daelman, stated: “It is a vital time within the lives of younger athletes, as they uncover the thrill of worldwide competitors, so it’s extremely necessary to make sure they’re ready to make their debuts with the principles and their obligations in thoughts. WADA is proud to supply a course that may allow younger Athletes to really feel outfitted and empowered to navigate the world of Main Occasions and absolutely assume their obligations for clear sport.”

With the Winter Youth Olympic Video games Gangwon 2024 arising in January 2024, this was an ideal alternative for WADA to work with the IOC and the ITA to develop the course, which isn’t event-specific, however can be appropriate for Gangwon 2024 along with many different occasions. The collaboration demonstrates the organizations’ continued dedication to working collectively to teach and assist athletes alongside the athlete pathway.

IOC Medical and Scientific Director, Dr Richard Budgett, stated: “The anti-doping packages on the Olympic Video games and the Youth Olympic Video games exist to guard the taking part athletes and the integrity of the Video games. The IOC is happy to assist this new e-learning course, which can be particularly useful for younger athletes who’re making ready to take part within the Winter Youth Olympic Video games Gangwon 2024, and hopefully many occasions of their future.”

ITA Schooling Supervisor, Mairi Irvine, stated: “As a part of the impartial and complete anti-doping program that the ITA will ship on the upcoming Winter Youth Olympic Video games in Gangwon, the schooling of younger athletes will play a crucial position. The ITA is extraordinarily happy to have collaborated with WADA and the IOC on this venture to make sure athletes have every thing they should compete clear and on a level-playing subject.”

Completion of this course–which features a certificates for individuals who obtain a rating of 80% or increased–is extremely really useful. WADA, the IOC and the ITA strongly encourage all Nationwide Olympic Committees to work in shut collaboration with their Nationwide or Regional Anti-Doping Organizations and their Nationwide Federations to make sure that athletes and coaches are correctly educated upfront of the Video games–a precept that’s bolstered by the Worldwide Normal for Schooling.

WADA has beforehand collaborated with the ITA and the IOC on the NOC Anti-Doping schooling guidebook within the persevering with efforts in direction of clear sport schooling.