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Sport and Antidoping


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An essential form of human expression, Sport embodies the best of the values all women and men share. Sport can enhance human dignity and strengthen societies as a whole.

In today’s highly competitive sporting environment, athletes and athlete support personnel are under increased pressure to do whatever it takes to win. As a result, the use of performance enhancing substances and methods in sport is becoming more pervasive. This phenomenon is not limited to elite athletes; young people and amateur sports enthusiasts too are being drawn into doping. Doping is a serious threat to physical and mental health and jeopardizes  the ethical basis of sport . UNESCO is fighting doping in sport through its International Convention against Doping in Sport  so as to protect sportsmen and sportswomen and to preserve fair and equitable sport.

  • Partnership mobilization for the sport Programme is placed within the overall follow-up of the Declaration of Berlin, adopted in May 2013 by the 5th International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS V).
  • This follow-up offers a uniquely legitimate, integrated and comprehensive platform for a variety of partnerships with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners, including non-governmental “champions”.
  • Themes such as gender equality, social inclusion, violence in sport, quality physical education, fighting the manipulation of sport competitions, reviewing the conditions of bidding for and hosting major sport events, etc. are translated into operational work-streams with measurable results.
  • The strategic and operational objective for implementing  the International Convention Against Doping in Sport (2005) consists in analyzing national public prevention and education policies so as to rectify their shortcomings or unsuitability. Targeted national and regional projects might be financed under the international Fund established to give effect to implementing the Convention.

UNESCO is the United Nations’ lead agency for Physical Education and Sport. In this capacity, UNESCO uses its convening power to provide assistance and guidance  on anti-doping  to governments, NGOs, and experts. The organization also assists and advises Member States wishing to elaborate or strengthen their training system in physical education. And it offers its expertise in the design and implementation of development programmes in the domain of sport.