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Fight against doping: 14 new projects supported



On Friday 23 May 2014, 14 new project proposals, totaling more than US$330,000, were approved by the Approval Committee for the UNESCO Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport in a meeting that was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (France). These 14 projects will bring the total number of national and international projects, supported by the Fund since its establishment in 2008, to 134 initiatives worth more than US$ 2.4 million.

The projects that have been approved are:

1.    “Say no to doping” Anti-doping education and awareness campaign at international and national sport events (Armenia)
2.    Using group dynamics to educate national sports teams on the dangers of doping (Cuba 1)
3.    Exploring doping awareness in sport schools (Cuba 2)
4.    Anti-doping education strategies aiming to reduce the use of doping substances in bodybuilding and fitness gyms (Romania)
5.    National Education & Awareness Project (Malaysia)
6.    Capacity Building – Developing SEARADO DCO Trainers (Singapore Regional Project)
7.    Anti-doping education, prevention and information (Moldova)
8.    Anti-doping education and awareness (Cambodia)
9.    Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission – sample collection personnel training (Jamaica)
10.    Training of trainers (TOTs) on Anti-doping within the East African Community (EAC)
(Kenya - Regional Project)
11.    Orientation of the Malawi Anti-Doping Organization (Malawi)
12.    Support the development of effective national policies in the fight against Doping (Morocco - Regional Project)
13.    “Say NO! to Doping” Education for Athletes and Support Personnel  (Mauritius)
14.    Private sports facilities: a new field of action in the fight against doping (Tunisia)

Covering all regions of the world, these projects allow for the implementation of prevention programmes, the formulation of specific legislation against doping and the implementation of activities that strengthen capacities to fight against doping, especially in less developed countries. Here follows a regional breakdown of projects implemented to date:

  • Africa (37 projects)
  • Arab States (11 projects)
  • Asia and the Pacific (17 projects)
  • Europe and North America (25 projects)
  • Latin America and the Caribbean (44 projects)

The members of the Approval Committee for the UNESCO Fund for the Elimination of Doping in sport for 2014 are:  Mr Gennady ALESHIN (Chair - Russian Federation), Ms Satu HEIKKINEN (Finland),  Ms Naoko HIRAYAMA (Japan),  Mr Ahmad AL KHAZAL (Kuwait), Mr Manuel Salvador GARAYZAR ABAROA (Mexico) and  Ms Bessie MALILWE CHELEMU (Zambia).