World Para Powerlifting is pleased to support the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s Play True Day on Wednesday, 10 April and emphases its commitment to sport which is clean of doping.
Play True Day is a day devoted to clean sport and the fight against doping, and to raise awareness for the mission among athletes, coaches and spectators.
Athletes, the sport community and the public are encouraged to share their message on why they play true on social media using the hashtag #PlayTrueDay on Wednesday.
“When you play true, you win true. Clean sport is very important to ensure the fair play and make the competition equal for every athlete,” said Sherif Osman, three-time Paralympic champion and World Para Powerlifting Athlete Liaison.
The battle against doping
All recognised competitions under World Para Powerlifting Rules and Regulations are conducted in accordance to World Anti-Doping Code International Standards.
Any athlete that takes part in a World Para Powerlifting recognised competition may be required to undergo doping control at any time like in competition, after their lifts, or out-of-competition, at training or sometimes even at home.
A test may be a sample of blood and/or urine, which is then analysed at WADA-accredited laboratories for substances on the Prohibited List.
Additionally, when a senior world record is broken, a test is carried out on the athlete and the record is not validated until the doping control returns negative.
Raise the Bar: Say No! To Doping
World Para Powerlifting delivers a tailored anti-doping education programme named “Raise the Bar – Say No! to Doping” ahead of international competitions.
The interactive sessions are designed to educate athletes and team officials and reinforce the message of the importance of clean sport. They help the athletes become more aware of topics such as the prohibited list, therapeutic use exemptions, medications and supplements, and their rights and responsibilities.
“We’re dedicated to ensuring the athletes and team officials in our sport are continually educated and committed to clean sport,” said Sam Munkley, World Para Powerlifting Competition and Development Manager.
Raise the Bar: Say No! To Doping courses have reached thousands of athletes and coaches to date and will continue to impact more at future competitions.