WADA Athlete Committee calls on greater athlete involvement to represent clean sport
Recently-appointed WADA Athlete Chair Beckie Scott called for her fellow athletes to become more outspoken on anti-doping issues within their respective sports. The Olympic gold and silver medalist in Cross-Country Skiing encouraged other athletes to promote clean sport in the lead-up to the introduction of the revised World Anti-Doping Code at the start of 2015.
In an interview during the WADA ADO Symposium in Lausanne (SUI) in early April, Scott made a plea to governments to implement legislative changes to assist anti-doping, and expressed her appreciation for the revised Code’s ability to cover the athlete entourage within its rules.
During a meeting which ran in parallel to the Symposium, WADA’s Athlete Committee discussed the importance of athlete and athlete support personnel education, including the need to harmonise the provision of information across all regions of the world. The influence of coaches was also discussed and, as a result, the significance of encouraging Sport Federations to educate their respective athletes and coaches.
"Our main objective of the Committee meeting was to review the Athletes’ Reference Guide to the Code. We are very pleased with the Guide, which will be an essential reference in the years ahead, and will help athletes better understand their roles and responsibilities under the 2015 Code.“