Jakarta, 5 December 2023
Anti-doping education in Indonesian sport remains need extensive and massive efforts. As one of the activities, IADO participated in a webinar of Aquatics Indonesia on December 5th, 2023. That activity was targeted to athlete support personnel in aquatic sports in conjunction with an explanation of medical matters and nutrition for athletes.
Anti-doping education is often conducted together with medical and nutritional discussions, because WADA’s current slogan #NaturalIsEnough is in line with such thematic combination, so that it is common for athletes to be recommended to consume natural as balanced foods.
In that webinar, several of the participants asked questions about anti-doping, such as: is there a WADA-accredited anti-doping laboratory in Indonesia? What happens if athletes are forced to use banned substances? So, in that webinar, IADO, represented by IADO’s Director of Education, Natashya Marcellina Ardiany, S.Pd, S.M, MA, said that there is no WADA-accredited anti-doping laboratory in Indonesia, and to answer what if the athlete is forced to consume a prohibited substance where the situation is a health emergency, then what the athlete must do is apply for a TUE with the knowledge of the doctor. The TUE explanation can be found on the IADO website.