The world’s best young weightlifters are making their final preparations for the IWF Youth World Championships, encouraged by the IWF to successfully complete the iLiftCLEAN E-learning course. More than 200, 13-17 year old athletes are expected to compete from nearly 50 countries from all 5 Continents – forming the core of weightlifting’s next generation.
“Education is a vital component of our anti-doping work at the IWF. We understand that for it to be most effective, we should start early in the development of young weightlifters,” said IWF President Tamas Ajan. “The iLiftCLEAN programme is one that we have developed with many knowledgeable partners, including USADA and WADA, and one that we are applying universally to make sure that the culture change we have already brought about in weightlifting is permanent and universal.”
For the completion of the iLiftCLEAN E-learning programme 80% or higher need to be completed in the final 3- minute test for athletes All participating athletes may complete the test before or during the championships. Online course materials include three videos about whereabouts obligations of the athlete, the Doping Control process and the rules related to Therapeutic Use Exemptions for medicines. Already available in English, Spanish, Russian and Arabic. As a long term goal the IWF aims to include further language options at the E-learning platform. For this reason the Japanese language version of the material has now also been rolled out, with a view to ensuring host country weightlifters are well informed ahead of Tokyo 2020. Furthermore IWF is working closely with the Japan Anti-Doping Agency on the IWF’s anti-doping education materials as JADA is considered as potential NADO partner because of the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games.
Further iLiftCLEAN activities at the Youth World Championships will follow, building on those already welcomed at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. These are set to include anti-doping seminars and an outreach booth where the young athletes, their support personnel and parents will all have the chance to win prizes by testing their knowledge in a playful way with an anti-doping quiz available in 14 languages
“The field for the Youth World Championships includes six athletes with podium placings from the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games and we expect to see many of the young athletes in Las Vegas go on to long and successful careers at the top of our sport,” continued Ajan. “It is our sincere hope that with a position among the best-educated athletes in the world when it comes to anti-doping, they will go on to share their knowledge with their peers and in turn influence the generations to follow.”
“To be effective in promoting clean sport, the global anti-doping model needs effective education to help ensure that athletes make informed choices at every step of their career,” commented IWF Director General Attila Adamfi. “From learning about checking supplements and medications to how to provide whereabouts information, clean athletes can easily and conveniently make learning a priority within their training thanks to programmes like iLiftCLEAN.”
The IWF Youth World Championships in Las Vegas will run 8-15 March.
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