National Anti-doping Manifesto, October 7, 2017
“National Antidoping Manifesto” was the activity where all the project participants – young athletes and coaches – gathered together for one intensive day to work on antidoping issues. At the beginning of the workshop, the national anti-doping organization gave a presentation on what actually is doping and why it is prohibited. Such themes as anti-doping history, World Anti-Doping Code, as well as antidoping rule violations were discussed. Regarding the question of “why is doping prohibited”, the ethical decision making was explored in great detail, including steps for values-based decision making, ethical principles and personal goals. Examples of slippery slopes were also looked through, for the group to be able to recognize them.
To facilitate the dialogue and the mutual understanding between young athletes and sport instructors when talking about antidoping issues, the project participants in teams analyzed the cases of six athletes. The cases were based on the Norwegian sports organization’s material “Training Without Doping”. Several conclusions were made in the analysis of these cases, from which the main ones:
- It is very important for the coach not to be passive but rather to be interested and actively willing to follow the athlete’s actions. It is also important for the athlete himself not to stay passive if there is a suspicion of the unfair behavior of another athlete.
- Be with “opened eyes”! Symptoms of doping can be noticed, and if they are noticed then action should follow.
- Discussion is a simple tool that can solve many different problems in a timely manner. Simple, but must be reminded!
- The athlete is responsible for the antidoping rule violation, but so is the one who assists, encourages, aids, abets, covers up or acts in any other way as an accomplice.
Coaches and young people, through their own sport experience and project activities, created the “Anti-Doping Manifesto” – a series of practical suggestions to be used by coaches and young athletes to promote fair play and ethical decisions in sports. Furthermore, the citations were created to be used as slogans to promote fair play.
In this event also the elections happened, to decide two ambassadors from young athletes and one from sport instructors to participate in project meeting in Venice.