With the intense training and dedication put into an event that can be over in the blink of an eye, more scrutiny than ever is placed on athletes who darken sport with doping scandals.
More and more stories of deception and cheating are being uncovered and to highlight the need to for stricter regulations and tighter punishments, the UK’s Anti-Doping annual Clean Sport Week celebrated clean competing and success and promoted anti-doping’s hard-fought work.
Through the week of 21-27 May, Paralympics GB heroes threw their weight behind the campaign.
PyeongChang success story, slalom gold medallist Menna Fitzpatrick, said: “Clean sport means everyone’s on a fair playing field and it’s solely about the skills that you’ve trained and the amount of hard work that you’ve put in.”
Ahead of South Korea in March, the Brits received anti-doping education through UKAD’s ‘Clean Games’ programme, and Sochi gold medallist Kelly Gallagher recognises the important of educating athletes: “Clean sport education is really important because it’s our own responsibility to know what’s going into our bodies so that we can be confident we are 100 percent fully-committed athletes,” she said.
Nicole Sapstead, UKAD’s Chief Executive, said: “Our education programme is a vital part of our prevention work at UKAD. We are committed to delivering a high-quality programme in collaboration with our partners.
“Clean Sport Week provided the perfect platform for sports in the UK to come together and showcase the fantastic work going on from grassroots to elite level.”