World Taekwondo reinforced its commitment to ensuring that its Para Taekwondo athletes are fully educated in the dangers of doping for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
WT’s anti-doping education outreach program was held at the 2018 World Para Taekwondo Championships in London on October 19.
|WT’s anti-doping education program, which was held at the Copper Box Arena in London on October 19.|
World Taekwondo teamed up with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) to deliver the anti-doping education program, and targeted athletes, coaches, athlete’s entourage and general public including Para Taekwondo athletes.
A total of 120 athletes were engaged and provided with more information about anti-doping and asked to sign the pledge wall.
In particular, Para athletes are on medication for their impairments and so it is important that they are familiar with the anti-doping rules and aware of the consequences of any violations.
WT and UKAD spread the knowledge about risk of doping and the ‘Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)’ process for ensure that athletes with genuine medical problems remain fully engaged in sport despite their need for the use of a prohibited substance.
Word Taekwondo will be continuing to develop its Para Taekwondo anti-doping education program and engage with Para Taekwondo athletes to ensure they make the right decisions.
"I found out many Para athletes are on medication for their impairments. In particular, the athletes frequently have medication for their injuries before and after a competition,” WT Technical & Development Committee Chairman Jin-bang Yang said. “We are preparing a special education program to implement it from next year."
WT has a zero tolerance policy on doping and with Para Taekwondo preparing for its debut at the Paralympic Games at Tokyo 2020.
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