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International Wheelchair Rugby Federation plans anti-doping activities for world championships

Say no to doping. Say no to doping. Image credit: World anti-doping agency.

In an announcement yesterday on their website, the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) said they plan to run a Anti-Doping Outreach Campaign during the upcoming world championships in Denmark next month.

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The campaign will include a booth at the competition, where materials anti-doping materials and doping control effort materials will be distributed. There will also be a contest with prizes for athletes based on their knowledge of about doping. During a game on August 9, referees will also where shirts with anti-doping messages.

 

IWRF Secretary General and Anti-Doping Committee member Eron Main is quoted in article as saying, “Most athletes are committed to drug-free sport, but they don’t always have the knowledge and information they need. […] This outreach is an opportunity to educate our athletes and supporters, and for them to demonstrate their own support in the fight against doping.”

 

Doping has been a bit in focus inside the disability sport community in the past two months. Just yesterday, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced the suspensions of a pair of powerlifters, United Arab Emirates’ Rashed Hassan Ahmed and Kazakhstan’s Oleg Gridassov, for doping violations. The IPC is now considering taking action against NPCs where doping has been a demonstrated problem.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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