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11 July 2010, 11:31 am
Alessandra Sensini Presents The WADA Play True Initiative
WADA Play True Presentation

Volvo Youth Worlds WADA Presentation

Youth sailors competing in the 2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships were introduced to the WADA Play True Presentation last night at the host venue in Istanbul, Turkey.
Nazli Imre, ISAF Vice-President and President of the Turkish Sailing Federation opened the presentation by declaring,

"We have a record attendance at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship which as you know is celebrating its 40th anniversary. I am sure we have many future stars of sailing in this room here tonight."

"I also hope all of you here would like to be part of the PLAY TRUE generation. This meeting is the first introduction to PLAY TRUE - a generation that believes that clean sport is one of the fairest and most powerful tools we can have; one that embraces fair play and respect"

Alessandra Sensini (ITA) who is currently undertaking her fifth Olympic campaign endorsed the WADA Outreach Programme with a very powerful and thought provoking speech.

Sensini opened by stating,

"As a four-time Olympic Medallist I firmly believe that athletes should be able to compete in full trust of a level playing field, to allow us to concentrate on the pursuit of athletic excellence through our natural talent - playing true".

"The biggest danger facing sport today is the loss of integrity that comes from cheating."

"Doping undermines the integrity of sport - the "spirit of sport". Sport is, by its very nature, based on rules and the rules are clearly defined. There is a clear choice - play by the rules or don't play. The rules ensure that all participants start with a level playing field. As soon as a participant seeks an unfair advantage by going outside of the rules, then the competition is ruined for all."

Sensini sent some very clear messages to all athletes on the dangers of being lured into cheating by the use of banned substances and emphasized that it was not athletes alone that can lead to cheating.

"I must emphasise; there is a clear choice. Play by the rules or don't play."

Her messages on the use of drugs and the results of their use were very clear and finalised her speech by declaring,

"Clean athletes should be honoured and not denied their fair opportunity. The World Anti-Doping Program is designed to create the choice for athletes to compete clean in a levelled playing field."

Nazli Imre reminded all athletes of the WADA process of testing athletes in the sport of sailing.

"One of the ways we can ensure that we PLAY TRUE is by testing. You may also hear this called Doping Control. If you compete at the international or national level you can be tested anytime, anywhere by ISAF, your National Anti-Doping Organization or Major Event Organizing Committee. Specially trained and accredited doping control personnel will carry out all the tests. Testing can be conducted in-competition and out-of-competition."

Nazli concluded with the her closing remarks,
"I would like to emphasise that In-competition any athlete can be chosen by random selection, finishing position or by being targeted for a particular reason. Out-of-competition you may be tested anytime, anywhere and with no advance notice. Remember, sanctions for violating anti-doping regulations may range from a reprimand to a life time ban."

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Click here to go to the Play True Quiz.
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