World Championships show way forward for anti-doping message


Lausanne, Switzerland, November 19, 2018 – The international federation’s anti-doping programme continued successfully in 2018 after tests given to players in the run-up to and during the FIVB Volleyball World Championships returned all negative results. Athletes, coaches, doctors, therapists and team managers also participated in educational activities in Bulgaria, Italy and Japan.

A total of 160 urine samples (80 per gender), as well as blood tests, were collected during the 2018 Men’s and Women’s World Championships and prohibited substances were absent from all players tested.

The FIVB also held Anti-Doping Outreach Programmes at both the Men’s and Women’s competitions. These included interactive educational modules and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) quiz as well as information on doping risks in sports, doping control and athlete's rights, the list of prohibited substances and methods and the conditions for granting a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

The outreach programmes were held in collaboration with the national anti-doping agencies as part of the FIVB’s ongoing commitment to the key pillars of the anti-doping movement including education and prevention.

In addition to outreach programmes, the FIVB continues to run the Play Clean online educational programme for athletes and support personnel that covers the World Anti-Doping Code. Athletes can learn the basics of the code through seven short modules of three-four minutes each and then maintain their learning through further online modules.

The FIVB Play Clean online educational programme for athletes and support personnel has been expanded and is available in seven languages – English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.

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