WADA VP Yang Yang at the 17th WADA Annual Symposium (IANS)
Former Olympic and World Short Track Speed Skating Champion and current WADA Vice President Yang Yanga spoke about the importance of educating athletes and those around them as she called for the continued promotion of anti-doping in sport
WADA Vice President Yang Yang, while attending the 17th WADA Annual Symposium, called for further promotion of anti-doping education for athletes and those around them.
“Education remains the best long-term solution to protect clean sport values. It’s a critical component of the global anti-doping system,” she said. “More and more, we are seeing the real results that education is delivering in preventing doping and supporting athletes in their efforts to compete cleanly throughout their careers. This is an important part of our mission to be athlete-centric.”
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“All athletes can be vulnerable and they need to be equipped with the right tools from a young age to protect themselves. With a quality, values-based education, they can move forward with confidence, feeling supported and proud that they are doing their part to keep the sport clean,” she added.
The former Olympic and world champion in short track speed skating also spoke on Tuesday about the importance of education to the athlete’s environment, which has a significant impact on athletes, according to a Xinhua report.
“However, education is not limited to athletes – we must also consider the role of their environment. By enlightening the entourage, the values of clean competition will trickle down to the athlete. WADA’s mission is to protect athletes from the unscrupulous forces that may surround them, while helping them identify dishonest behavior and defend themselves against coaches who do not put their welfare first. We must continue to provide resources to bring dishonest coaches and doctors to justice under the World Anti-Doping Code and prevent Entourage from having a negative impact on athletes’ lives,” she said.
WADA President Witold Banka opened the two-day symposium under this year’s motto “Together for a world of doping – free sport”.
In his keynote address, Banka called on global anti-doping organizations and governments to “come together to strengthen the global system that we have all worked so hard to build”.
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