Athletes in Yokohama commit to clean sport

by Olalla Cernuda on 18 May, 2017 12:26 • Español
Athletes in Yokohama commit to clean sport

In ITU we strongly believe in clean sport, because that’s what makes our sport, and our athletes, great. Every year, we commit time, effort, energy and a substantial budget to our anti-doping mission, but we are not only talking about doping tests, it’s also a matter of education. With that goal on mind, it was great to see the warm welcome that most athletes participating in WTS Yokohama gave to the outreach programme ‘Play True’, organized by the Japan Anti-Doping Agency and the Japan Triathlon Union.

More than 150 triathletes and parathletes participated on the programme, helping spread the message that we love triathlon, but most of all we love clean sport. Athletes participating had the chance of signing a flag to be passed on to future generations of triathletes.

Right before the athletes briefing in Yokohama, triathletes could show their knowledge about rules answering questions such as how often the Prohibited list is updated, and shared best practices to help them understand the methodologies, rules and recommendations from ITU, the IOC and the WADA. After all, the fight on doping is on every single one of us, and we all should be familiar with the rules we have to follow to showcase our clean sport.

Athletes competing in WTS Yokohama, as all the ones racing the WTS this season, had also the chance to show their commitment to compete clean with ITU’s new swim caps which have a “Love Triathlon, Love Clean Sport” logo, an initiative that not only enhances the audience experience (as it is easier to spot your favorite athletes on the water due to the bright green color of the caps) but also improves overall athlete safety.

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