The London 2012 Olympic Games is almost here. For athletes fortunate enough to have the honour of representing Australia, this is no doubt the most exciting event they’ll ever compete at.
The Minister for Sport, Senator Kate Lundy has officially launched ASADA’s Athlete Biological Passport.
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is introducing an Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) into Australian sport from 1 July 2012.
In the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, Channel Seven News has taken a look at what goes on in the world of anti-doping. Read the transcript below.
Athletes give their blood, sweat and tears in training and competition, pushing their bodies to the edge; constantly striving to achieve the very best they can in their chosen sport. Given their level of dedication, ASADA recognises that athletes facing a doping violation can find it difficult dealing with emotions such as devastation, hopelessness and anger. Extra support is critical during these stressful times and having someone to turn to outside of their immediate support group is often invaluable in maintaining mental health.
Your kidneys play a vital role in maintaining your overall health, specifically they help regulate blood pressure and remove waste from the body. If you are an athlete you need to be in peak condition during training and competition, and it is important to understand performance-enhancing drugs can compromise your health over the long term.
On 31 May ASADA will host our own Biggest Morning Tea to help the Cancer Council’s efforts to raise funds for cancer research. Staff have volunteered to bring sweet and savoury treats to share around the office. Everyone working in ASADA’s Canberra headquarters will gather for morning tea and give generously to assist the very valuable work of the Cancer Council, which includes cancer-prevention programs.
Did you know that ASADA can partner with your organisation to develop a bespoke anti-doping education program?
ASADA’s CEO, Aurora Andruska, was profiled this weekend in The Age:
Athletes or support personnel claiming a lack of education as an excuse for breaching their sport’s anti-doping policy are doing themselves a disservice.