WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) has been emphasising that an athlete’s first experience of anti-doping should be through education, and not through doping control. With that as the key principle, BWF was able to ensure that all participants at the BWF World Junior Championships 2022 held last month in Santander were educated about anti-doping even before they arrived at the event.
Participants could choose one of three ways for anti-doping education. The first was through WADA’s ADEL (Anti-Doping Education and Learning) platform, which has a range of interactive courses and resources, including community channels.
Alternatively, the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) could conduct a programme covering 11 mandatory topics, outlined in the World Anti-Doping Code and the International Standards for Education.
A third option was that the players could furnish certificates if they had already undergone education.
“In the latest version of the World Anti-Doping Code, there is now an International Standard for Education, and we have to be compliant with that,” aid BWF Head of Integrity, Andy Hines-Randle. “So we made the World Juniors and the Para Badminton World Championships selected events where education must be received for players to be eligible.
So once we knew the teams that were confirmed, we informed them that they had to ensure that their players were educated in the area of anti-doping.”
Located near the main entrance of the arena at the World Junior Championships, BWF’s i-Zone could not be missed. In lieu of flyers being distributed, the QR code of the Integrity landing page was on display. Players could also scan the QR code of the #iambadminton Instagram page and take part in an online survey and quiz.
A large signature board at the i-Zone attracted a lot of attention from teams, as they posted messages and took pictures to post on their own Instagram handles with the hashtag #iambadminton. They received wrist bands as a token of their participation.
Singapore’s Megan Lee endorsed the importance of anti-doping education for players. “In case you are called to test for doping, it helps me to know the flow and your rights. It also helps to know what supplements you are allowed to take and what you are not.”