Jakarta, April 14th, 2023
Every year since 2014, the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) has invited the sporting community to come together on the 14th April to celebrate Play True Day. This is a day that is dedicated to clean sport and raising awareness amongst athletes, the sporting public, and others of the importance of preventing doping. As one of the National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADO), IADO has supported this campaign since this year, because it is the momentum for IADO to continue to raise the importance for peace, respect and harmony within both sport and society.
According to WADA, last year, in light of the war in Ukraine, WADA considered postponing Play True Day. However, after consulting with a number of stakeholders worldwide, WADA decided to go ahead with Play True Day for Peace. Coincidentally, around April of 2022 IADO was focused only to consolidate internally after being suspended by WADA until February 2nd, 2022, so that the public campaign of Play True Day was not yet so familiar event thought Play True Day started as a small Latin American initiative, but in facts then WADA’s digital campaign now reaches millions of people each year, with numerous individuals and organizations taking part from around the globe.
IADO has been trying to inform all national sports stakeholders across the country to celebrate this special day on April 14th, 2023. The purpose of this celebration is among others to raise awareness among them of the importance of preventing doping, for until recently it is fully recognised that there are still obviously lots of people including sports stakeholders who do not understand anti-doping regulation except their understanding that doping relates to consumes prohibited substances only. Generally, they seem to be unfamiliar to the 11 anti-doping rule violations, which it does not relate to consume prohibited substance, but it should consist of other 10 violations such as evasion, refusal or failure, tampering, whereabouts failure, trafficking, possession and others.