UNESCO prepares anti-doping measures for the World Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan

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© Directorate for preparation and holding of the 28th World Winter Universiade
24 June 2016

23 June, the Officer in Charge of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty, Mr. Andrei Chevelev, and the top management of the "Directorate for preparation and holding of the 28th World Winter Universiade in 2017 in Almaty" met for agreeing a joint action plan under the Convention on the fight against doping (2005).

The UNESCO initiatives fully correspond to the scale of the preparation for the Winter Universiade"

The Directorate for preparation and holding of the 28th World Winter Universiade in 2017 in Almaty

The UNESCO Cluster Office presented the concept of initiatives aimed at combating doping in the period of preparation and holding of the 28th World Winter Universiade, which will be held from 29 January to 8 February, 2017, in Almaty. One of the key activities is the International Symposium on the fight against doping in sport for all athletes attending the competition. As noted by Mr. Chevelev: "Today, in highly competitive sporting environment, the temptation of taking doping substances increases, thereby compromising the moral and ethical basis of sport and the health of those who practice it."

Thus, UNESCO and the top management of the “Directorate for preparation and holding of the 28th World Winter Universiade in 2017 in Almaty," the decision was made to consolidate the mutual efforts to implement measures to increase awareness and prevention against doping, as well as raising awareness of the athlete's responsibility for the doping rule violation.

The management of the Directorate expressed readiness to cooperate with UNESCO in the implementation of the anti-doping measures. For this, will a working group of representatives of UNESCO, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty City Council, the Directorate, the Kazakhstan National Federation of UNESCO Clubs and FISU will be established. The next workshop is scheduled for 3 July, 2016.

For the reference:

UNESCO is the United Nations’ lead agency for Physical Education and Sport.

On the 19 October, 2005, the International Convention against Doping in Sport was unanimously adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in Paris. This document is mandatory for all Member States and creates a legal framework to combat this global problem.

UNESCO is also a partner of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which operates with the sports movements and the anti-doping organizations to ensure compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code. UNESCO works primarily with governments, NGOs and experts in order to promote physical education and sport.

The UNESCO anti-doping programmes aimed at preserving the very essence of sport characterized by such values as honesty, fairness, respect, courage, loyalty and solidarity.