Ashgabat, Turkmenistan: One of the priorities of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) at a multi-sport event is to increase the awareness of anti-doping.
The 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games is no exception, and the anti-doping stakeholders have set up an attractive kiosk inside the Main Dining Hall at the Athletes’ Village.
The Outreach programme included computer games, pamphlets, pens, T-shirts and stickers to attract the young athletes and educate them on the dangers of doping – and how a mistake can be made without the relevant information.
“For many of the young athletes here this is their first exposure to anti-doping. Many of them have never been tested because they are so young and this is their first international event, so they need to know what it is all about.
“Through our programme we want to offer a fun experience in which they can take part in a game with their friends, win prizes and learn all about the work of the anti-doping community,” said an official.
The stakeholders include the OCA, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (RADO) of Central Asia, Asia Anti-Doping Foundation and Kazakhstan National Anti-Doping Organisation (KAZNADO).