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Daily quiz shows athletes are no dopes

By LI YINGXUE in Hangzhou | China Daily | Updated: 2023-10-27 11:11
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Athletes pose at the Anti-Doping Education Base. PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Athletes from different nations and regions passionately rallied behind the slogan "Win Clean Medals" at a signature wall in the Anti-Doping Education Base inside the Asian Para Games Village in Hangzhou. They signed their names and denounced doping, instead placing the emphasis on the pursuit of victory through their own strength.

The Anti-Doping Education Base has provided multiple activities for visitors to learn about the various aspects of anti-doping efforts through multiple methods, such as viewing the prohibited list, studying cases involving anti-doping rule violations, learning sample collection equipment, and more.

Ge Yifan, a technical officer from the Doping Control Coordination Centre of HAPGOC, said that the education base plays a pivotal role in educating athletes and athlete supporting personnel during the Asian Para Games.

"We engage people through interactive activities, making education an enjoyable experience, and we've also provided gifts to enhance the process," Ge said.

Ge explained that every Games participant has the opportunity to partake in a quiz activity once a day. From the anti-doping knowledge question database, 10 questions are drawn at random. "If you manage to correctly answer eight or more questions, you become eligible to receive a set of exquisite gifts," she said.

"The most exceptional among these gifts are the five distinct custom-designed badges. Athletes and team officials who engage in the activity for five consecutive days can gather all five badges to create a complete circular set," Ge added.

These unique and enjoyable activities, coupled with the assortment covetable of gifts, have garnered the interest of numerous residents in the Asian Para Games Village. On the day of the opening ceremony, Oct 22, within a mere four hours, the number of participants had already reached around 400.

Chinese boccia para-athlete Lin Ximei took part in the quiz and found the questions to be relatively easy.

She expressed confidence in achieving a perfect score, noting, "In our day-to-day training and competitions, we are consistently exposed to anti-doping procedures, and we always maintain a vigilant attitude."

Sowmya Savanth, an official with the Indian delegation, commended the anti-doping education efforts at the Asian Para Games Village, stressing, "Doping isn't fair to athletes who play by the rules. Everyone should say no to doping!"

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