Ashgabat 2017 athletes sensitised about anti-doping

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) is taking doping with utmost seriousness as one of the priorities of the Olympic Council of Asia at the ongoing 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Games.

OCA is also taking step to increase the awareness of anti-doping among the participating young athletes.

About 6000 athletes representing 65 nations are in the White-Marbled City of Ashgabat for the Asian Games.

In their efforts to raise awareness, anti-doping stakeholders, including 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) set up attractive stalls inside the main Dining Hall at the Athletes’ village.

The awareness-creation programme includes computer games, pamphlets, pens, T-shirts and stickers to attract young athletes to educate them on the dangers of doping, which is being condemned.

It is believed to be the first time for many of the young athletes to be exposed to anti-doping.

Matluba Turekulova is one of the officials of the Outreach programme. Matluba said many of the athletes were doing their very first test, because they are young and the Ashgabat Games was their maiden international competition.

“We have other publications in several languages. Altogether, we offer information in around 30 languages. The athletes are very interested in what we are doing and are eager to learn,” Matluba said.

Author: Alieu Ceesay in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan