PLAY TRUE DAY ON APRIL 10, 2018
World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, celebrated along with athletes, National and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations, Sporting Federations, Major Event Organizers and others around the world on April 10.
‘Play True Day’ was dedicated to clean sport and was intended to raise awareness among athletes, the sporting public and others about the global fight against doping. On this day, WADA was asking athletes why they ‘Play True’?
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 April 10 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.
In a spirit of solidarity among the anti-doping community, Federation of International Bandy, FIB, joined WADA and others by celebrating the day and payed attention to Play True Day on our website and on Facebook.
Several Anti-Doping Organizations, National and International Sport Federations, and educational institutions organized events on #PlayTrueDay dedicated to clean sport and/or including relevant content in their existing events before, during and after April 10.
During the World Cup in Bandy in Sandviken in October 2018, FIB conducted a seminar on efforts on the work with anti-doping in the world of bandy and showed examples from other organizations.