Droghe e sport
Pochi giorni fa Spartan Race ha annunciato con un comunicato stampa una attività di sensibilizzazione contro il doping.
In fondo al post trovate il testo completo in inglese del comunicato stampa, vi consigliamo di leggerlo.
Altri siti ben pià importanti del nostro piccolo blog hanno già fatto notare però alcuni punti.
Intanto SR lavora con USADA e non con la WADA. La WADA tra l’altro è al centro di uno scandalo per le facili esenzioni dai controlli (qui) ed è stata scelta come partner dai Mondiali OCR (OCR World Championship).
La perplessità più grande però è che Spartan Race non ha annunciato controlli, ha annunciato che in occasione dei Mondiali al lago Tahoe farà un discorso di 30 minuti (ovvero un bel predicozzo) sui rischi per la salute derivanti dal doping. Come se non fossero noti. E come se gli atleti non sapessero che esiste il doping e a quali rischi vanno incontro. O che doparsi è scorretto nei confronti di chi si allena e corre pulito.
Non sono quindi annunciati nè controlli alle gare, urine o prelievi di sangue nè i be più temuti controlli lontani dalle gare.
Morale, si poteva fare di più per fare delle corse a ostacoli (e nel fango) uno sport pulito.
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Questo il testo del comunicato stampa
Boston, Mass. (September 21, 2016) – Beginning at the 2016 Spartan Race World Championship in Lake Tahoe, Calif., Spartan Race is pleased to announce the creation of a joint educational initiative operating in conjunction with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that will help provide athletes with a baseline understanding of anti-doping regulations and best practices. For many athletes, this will be their first chance to learn how anti-doping helps protect the health and wellness of athletes, as well as the integrity of sport, while also ensuring that athletes are able to compete clean and win.
Prior to the start of competition, USADA will deliver a 30-minute educational presentation at 3:00 p.m. on September 30, which will cover topics like the World Anti-Doping Code, performance-enhancing substances, the risks associated with dietary supplements, and the sample collection process. Athletes will then be able to interact, ask questions, and learn more about anti-doping throughout the weekend by visiting with USADA’s representatives. Friendly experts will also direct athletes to USADA’s various anti-doping resources, such as the Athlete Pocket Guide and Wallet Card.
“By introducing athletes to USADA and anti-doping, Spartan is fully supporting the concept that clean competition is crucial to growing a sustainable and globally recognized sport,” said Spartan Race COO Jeffrey Connor. “This step also illustrates Spartan Race’s continued commitment to the preservation of a level playing field.”
Spartan Race is the world’s leading obstacle race company and the first of its kind to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 170 events in 25+ countries planned for 2016, Spartan Race has more than 1 million global participants, and offers open heats for all fitness levels as well as competitive and elite heats. With over 5 million passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, as well as the popular NBC television series, Spartan Race has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports—and lifestyles— in the world. Spartan Race features races at three distances, 3+Mile/20+ Obstacle “Sprint,” 8+ Mile/25+ Obstacle “Super” and 12+ Mile/30+ Obstacle “Beast,” culminating each year in the Spartan Race World Championship. Visit http://www.spartan.com for more information, a schedule of events, and to register for a race.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is recognized by the United States Congress as the official anti-doping organization for all Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American, and Para Pan American sport in the United States. In addition, USADA is recognized by the UFC as its official, independent anti-doping agency. USADA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of competition, inspiring true sport, and protecting the rights of athletes. Learn more at www.USADA.org.