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27 February 2020, 15:35

Opinion: Athletes are primarily responsible for doping

At the seminar
At the seminar

MINSK, 27 February (BelTA) – Athletes should keep in mind that they are primarily responsible for the medicines they take during preparations for key sports events, Director of the Lithuanian Anti-Doping Agency Ruta Banyte told reporters. She delivered a report at the international anti-doping seminar in Minsk, BelTA has learned.

“Athletes should be vigilant. They should keep in mind that they are responsible for everything that gets inside their body. They might have absolute trust in the team, but still they need to check what they get from them. Otherwise, they will end up like one tennis player who trusted her coaches a lot, but they had their own agenda, and in the end she took the fall,” the director of the Lithuanian Anti-Doping Agency said.

Speaking about the role and place of pharmacology in today's sport, Ruta Banyte said: “I am very opinionated about it. If an athlete eats healthy and lives healthy, he/she will not need any substances.”

The Lithuanian delegate praised the way the seminar in Minsk was arranged. She noted that Belarusian delegates were very involved in the matter and are in the know about recent developments in the fight against doping. “I like everything in Minsk a lot. It is a pleasure to mingle among fellow experts who actively participate in the work of the seminar and want to get new knowledge and to be a step ahead in the fight against doping,” she added.

Participants of the international seminar discuss innovative solutions and best practices in anti-doping education, anti-doping rules, regulations and policies worldwide and other doping-related issues. The event is organized by the Sports and Tourism Ministry, the National Olympic Committee and the National Anti-Doping Agency.

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