ASADA - Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

11/08/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/07/2019 20:18

ASADA partners with Austria to help spread the anti-doping message

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Anti-Doping Agency Austria (NADA Austria) during the 'World Conference on Doping in Sport' to enhance each organisations' online anti-doping education.

The objective of this MoU is to share existing education resources, collaborate on the development of new or revised education resources, and conduct meetings aimed at sharing experience and knowledge in the field of anti-doping education.

ASADA CEO, David Sharpe said collaborations such as this are key to strengthening the anti-doping message around the world.

'Protecting clean athletes from the threat of doping is at the core of everything ASADA does,' Mr Sharpe said.

'Since all athletes are equal under the World Anti-Doping Code, it is imperative that they all have access to the same information and education. For this reason ASADA is committed to working internationally with its national anti-doping partners to close any gaps and strengthen our own programs. Collaboration such as this is mutually beneficial, and only serves to benefit the clean sport movement worldwide.'

In particular, ASADA will be sharing its award winning Level 1 course, which has been completed by more than 70,000 Australian athletes to date, and working collaboratively with NADA Austria on revised courses for coaches, medical practitioners and others.

NADA Austria CEO, Michael Cepic is convinced that the MoU will help promote health, fairness and equality for athletes worldwide.

'It's a great opportunity to share experience and ensure the effectiveness of our programs in preventing doping in sport,' Mr Cepic said.

'The upcoming 'International Standard for Education' is very important to protect the clean athletes. The new developments in our digital learning strategy will help federations and sport organisations to comply with the obligations of this new standard.'