Pavel Rozhkov, Chairman of the RPC Governing Board, RPC First Vice-President at the International Children's Day in the Sports Technology Center of the Moskomsport participated in the Forum of Young Olympians organized by the Russian Olympic Committee, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation, the Department of Sport and Tourism of Moscow with the support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The main objective of the Forum was anti-doping prevention and promotion of intolerant attitude to doping among young athletes, including candidates for the Russian Olympic team to participate in the III Summer Youth Olympic Games, which will be held from 6 to 18 October 2018 in Buenos- Aires (Argentina).
The President of the Russian Olympic Committee, 4-times Olympic champion in fencing Stanislav Pozdnyakov, made the welcoming speech to the participants, organizers and guests of the event.
Then, Pavel Rozhkov had his welcoming speech. In his speech, he noted the principle position of the RPC: "Doping should not have a place in sport! This is a threat to the health and life of athletes and discredit fair play. The RPC pays serious attention to anti-doping issues. In order to raise the awareness of athletes in the fight against doping and prevent deliberate or unintentional use by athletes of prohibited substances in Paralympic sports, the RPC together with RUSADA has developed an Educational Anti-Doping Program that was agreed upon by the IPC Taskforce and independent experts of WADA (WADA’s independent expert - Eva Lyukoshute-Stanikunene).
Within the framework of the RPC Educational Program it was developed: the RPC anti-doping seminars, which were undergone by more than 1,000 members of the Russian National Paralympic Sports Teams, the RPC hotline in order to create an open environment for informing about anti-doping rule violations, the RPC’s Regulation on Ethics, Conflict of Interest and Fight against corruption (in assistance with the WADA expert - Peter Nicholson), anti-doping rules of the RPC, which are followed by all members of the RPC and many other important documents.
On August 19, 2017, the Anti-Doping Program was launched, as well as the official launch of the RPC hotline and the presentation of the Paralympic Ambassadors, which were the outstanding Paralympic athletes.
Ambassadors participate in all events of the RPC and actively promote the values of the Paralympic movement, the spirit of fair play, the ideals of pure sport free from doping.
Currently, the Anti-Doping section of the RPC website is in active operation, in which besides the main anti-doping information and reference materials, there is also the "Check your knowledge" quiz for all stakeholders.
The RPC issued anti-doping printed materials (Anti-doping guide of the Paralympic athlete, the RPC Anti-Doping Rules, the IPC Anti-Doping Code).
In order to create an open environment with zero tolerance for doping, the RPC produced a special propaganda attribute with the slogan "RPC for fair sport!": Posters, pens, notebooks, bracelets, T-shirts.
Together with RUSADA, the RPC is conducting the anti-doping quizzes WADA "Outreach" (outreach) at the events under the RPC’s jurisdiction.
Trainers and specialists, as well as the managing staff of the RPC, including the members of the RPC Governing Board, undergo on the annual basis the RUSADA E-learning Educational program "Triagonal".
The ongoing activities of the RPC are aimed at promoting pure Paralympic sports, fostering ethical principles, fairness and honesty, maintaining health and providing equal conditions for all athletes. "
He also wished the young Olympians a successful performance in the forthcoming Youth Olympic Games.
Participants of the Forum were also greeted by: Deputy Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation Sergey Kosilov; Mikhail Degtyarev, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs; Head of the Department of Sport and Tourism of Moscow, the Olympic champion in speed skating Nikolai Gulyaev; Director General of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency "RUSADA" Yuri Ganus; 2-times Olympic champion in artistic gymnastics, first deputy head of CSKA, colonel of Military Forces in reserve Svetlana Khorkina; Head of the Olympic Values Sector of the Department of Olympic Solidarity of the International Olympic Committee Nicole Gerard Savoy; Head of the Sector of Winter Sports and Relations with International Federations, Department of Sports of the International Olympic Committee Irina Gladkikh, Expert of the Regional Anti-Doping Organization of Central Asia Venus Abdullah; Director of the Center for Sport Innovation Technologies and Training of National Teams of the Department of Sports and Tourism of Moscow Kadria Akhmerova.
Within the framework of the Forum, the lectures, organized by representatives of WADA and RUSADA on the main anti-doping rules and responsibility for their violation, the peculiarities of the procedure for doping control at major sport complex events, took place. Young Olympians were able to verify their knowledge in the field of anti-doping, working in mini-groups when analyzing specially simulated situations with the help of the quiz "Play Fair" and "Buenos Aires", and also during the game in the format of the brain-ring "For Honest Sport".
Press Service of the Russian Paralympic Committee