Players Adam Hall and Eleanor O’Donnell and BADMINTONscotland Chief Executive, Anne Smillie, are throwing their full support behind UK Anti-Doping’s second Clean Sport Week, which launches today (Monday 21 May).
This year’s campaign, which will again have the support of a range of National Governing Bodies (NGBs), sports organisations and UK sports stars, will celebrate clean athletes and their success, and promote the work of the anti-doping community in the fight for clean sport.
The campaign will also have a strong focus on supplement use and image enhancing culture in the UK, with new research set to be revealed during the week to encourage a wider public debate on the issue.
BADMINTONscotland were delighted to sign up to the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) ‘I Am Badminton’ campaign last November, with Hall and O’Donnell taking their place as ambassadors for the programme.
The campaign offers a platform for players to express their love and respect for badminton, with athletes able to do this through their commitment to clean and honest play.
Hall said: “I think that the Clean Sport Week is really vital, especially at the moment, to enforce that we don't want drugs cheats taking part in our sport.
“I think the week will really celebrate those of us who do compete as clean athletes at the same time – it shouldn't always be a negative thing when talking about clean sport.
“I really enjoy my role as an ambassador for I Am Badminton, it's an initiative that is really important to me.
BADMINTONscotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie added: “Clean Sport Week is an excellent way to promote fair play within sport.
“At BADMINTONscotland we are proud to be part of the I Am Badminton initiative, which promotes a clean and fair sporting ethos.
“It is pleasing to see other governing bodies promoting such an important cause and we hope to see this trend continue for years to come.
“We saw the impact Clean Sport Week had last time and so we hope to make more and more people aware of the importance of clean and honest play in our sport.”
A number of events will take place between 21-27 May to help raise awareness of clean sport and anti-doping programmes led by UKAD, NGBs and sporting bodies across the UK.
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 provides the perfect platform for sports in the UK to come together and showcase the fantastic work going on from grassroots to elite level.
“At the same time, we believe there is also a vital public debate that needs to take place around the growing supplement culture in the UK and this year’s campaign will aim to do this. This has the potential to be a serious public health issue impacting on wider society and we want this debate to look at where people are obtaining their products, how aware they are of what is in them and the potential long-term effects of using them.”
UKAD and its partners are supporting athletes from grassroots to elite level through one of the world’s most extensive education and intelligence-led testing programmes. It has 30 National Trainers who deliver clean sport education, over 200 Doping Control Personnel, who work as part of the sample collection process and more than 2,300 Accredited Advisors around the UK.
The organisation provides and supports a range of educational, anti-doping and clean sport resources to help athletes at all levels including its ‘100% Me’ programme.
Click here to read more about Clean Sport Week.