With exactly one year to go until the start of the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to launch a new interactive education course on its Anti-Doping eLearning Platform (ADeL) for athletes and coaches aiming to attend the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Anti-Doping eLearning Platform (ADeL)
course has been developed by WADA alongside the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Testing Agency.
According to WADA, the programme will allow athletes and coaches to gain an understanding of the Tokyo 2020 anti-doping rules, including how to provide whereabouts information and applying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption.
Important dates that they need to be aware of and which organization has jurisdiction over them during the Games is also detailed in the course.
WADA said completion of the programme is recommended but not mandatory.
The global watchdog also encouraged all National Olympic Committees "to work in close collaboration with their National or Regional Anti-Doping Organization and their National Federations to ensure that athletes and coaches are properly educated in advance of the Games".
"'ADeL for Tokyo 2020 Olympics’ enables Anti-Doping Organizations to help prepare their national team athletes and coaches on all things anti-doping at the Games," said WADA director of education Amanda Hudson.
"We all want a clean Games and to protect athletes.
"We therefore encourage Anti-Doping Organizations to utilize this new interactive e-learning course as well as our additional course specifically for medical professionals to educate those heading to Tokyo."
IOC medical and scientific director Richard Budgett said the course builds on the success of the "'ADeL for Medical Professionals' at Major Games' course and will be an important part of the preparation for the Games for athletes and their support staff".
"It complements the pre-Games testing programme and reflects the importance of education for the protection of clean athletes," Budgett added.