The 10th April is the Play True Day – a day devoted to clean sport and the fight against doping. A day to raise awareness for the mission among athletes, coaches and spectators.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) celebrates the day along with athletes, National and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations, Sporting Federations, Major Event Organizers and others around the world.
The inspiration for this initiative stems from a WADA-hosted Education Conference in 2013, which was attended by 17 South American countries that were the driving force behind 10 April being declared ‘Play True Day’. While it started as a South American initiative, over the years, this grassroots movement has gained momentum with numerous European countries celebrating in 2016 and more joining the campaign from around the globe in the following year.
This is an example of what a grassroots movement can achieve. The organizers saw an opportunity to educate, to promote clean sport and to celebrate the many reasons to play true – and they seized it. Together, we can leverage this momentum to create a world where the clean athlete prevails, a world where athletes choose to stay clean out of self-respect, fairness to their fellow competitors, and for the pure joy that sport brings.
Many countries joined in and as part of the Play True Day there were also educational anti-doping sessions at international tournaments including below the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division II Group A in Maribor, Slovenia, and the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division II Group B in the Croatian capital of Zagreb.
Find out more on www.playtrueday.com
and join the day in social media by making a #PlayTrueDay post!