The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has teamed up with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) to deliver a comprehensive anti-doping education program to the Australian Youth Olympic Team.
As part of their preparation for the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, all members of the 2014 Australian Youth Olympic Team are required to complete the ASADA online education anti-doping program. They will also participate in a one hour anti-doping education session at a Team camp prior to leaving for the Youth Games. The athletes will then be subject to the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Organisation’s doping control program.
Any member of the sporting community is able to complete the same courses by following the links from the home page of ASADA eLearning.
The partnership comes as multiple Olympic medallist Susie O’Neill, has called for young athletes to work harder as opposed to considering the use of performance enhancing drugs.
“It is not worth it,” O’Neill said, who will lead the Australian Youth Olympic Team as Chef de Mission at the Youth Games in Nanjing, China.
“I don’t want young athletes to think that [performance enhancing drugs] is the path they have to take if they want to win. It is hard work and technique. You can’t give up just because others may be taking drugs,” O'Neill said.
“Athletes need to know you don’t have to take drugs to win at that level. During my career I raced against alleged drug cheats and I did beat them.”
O’Neill was unsure how athletes can celebrate wholeheartedly a winning performance if taking performance enhancing drugs.
“Your sporting career is such a small proportion of your life. And I don’t know how you can get any satisfaction about winning when you have taken drugs,” O’Neill said, who won eight Olympic medals over three Olympic Games from 1992 – 2000.
“Sport is about having fun and doing your best. Getting out there and enjoying the camaraderie. It is not about winning at all costs,” O’Neill said.
“It is very important athletes are educated about the risks and ramifications associated with use of performance enhancing drugs,” O’Neill said.
O’Neill will lead 89 young Australians competing across 23 sports at the second summer Youth Olympic Games, commencing on Saturday 16 August 2014.
- Quotes courtesy of the Australian Olympic Committee (olympics.com.au)