Project manager for Anti-Doping Norway newly established Centre for Prevention and Public Health, Fredrik Lauritzen.
Project manager for Anti-Doping Norway newly established Centre for Prevention and Public Health, Fredrik Lauritzen.

- Fighting doping in society, a huge task

Strong signals from the government, new laws and additional funding: Anti-Doping Norway’s position in battling doping is stronger than ever.

Anti-Doping Norway has gradually increased its involvement in fighting doping as a problem outside organized sports. This work has been supported by making the use, possession and trafficking of dope illegal as of July 1st, 2013, and also by the health care authorities granting Anti-Doping Norway significant funding to be used specifically for purposes other than sports.

- I believe that doping in society in general is much more common than in sports, says Fredrik Lauritzen, project manager of Anti-Doping Norway’s Centre for Prevention and Public Health.

- We need to increase anti-doping awareness in all parts of the population.

The “Centre for Prevention and Public Health” was therefore established in autumn 2014. The goal is to be the leading authority on relevant information and education of youth, the families of doping users, teachers, police, health personnel and employees at fitness studios. Anti-Doping Norway’s CEO, Anders Solheim, says that reaching out to a wide spectrum of professionals is critical for success.

- Fighting doping in Norway is too huge a task for Anti-Doping Norway to deal with alone. We need other strong allies in this work.

The centre also boasts a web-based expert panel consisting of professionals with in-depth knowledge of, and expertise in, training, health, medicine and law. These experts can be contacted free of charge regarding doping related issues.

- Anti-Doping Norway is experiencing an ever increasing concern about doping from all parts of society. The problem is most important among young men, but young girls and other adults also succumb to the temptation of doping, Fredrik Lauritzen says.

- We have to be approachable and willing to spread our knowledge in order for people to realize just how dangerous doping is and to recognize the signs of doping use and, most important of all, remind them that their goals can be reached whilst keeping clean.

Furthermore, the President of WADA, Sir Craig Reedie, recently stated that “Combating doping now is as important to society as it is to sport.” Former WADA-director Rune Andersen, now Special Adviser at Anti-Doping Norway, agrees wholeheartedly.

Anti-Doping Norway welcomes such a statement from Sir Craig Reedie because this has been the view of Anti-Doping Norway for a long, long time, says Rune Andersen.

Read more about fighting doping in society in Counties.

Publisert: 13.04.15 - Oppdatert: 20.01.16

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