The 2007 FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships and U-23 Cross-Country World Ski Championships were held in Tarvisio (ITA) from 12th – 18th March. For the first time, representatives of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) were on-site at the event under the umbrella of the so-called WADA Athlete Outreach program. This program is focused on educating athletes and their support personnel about the dangers and consequences of doping.
WADA representatives Stacy Spletzer, WADA Manager, Outreach and Athlete Programs and Tanja Kari (FIN), a member of WADA’s Athlete Committee and Paralympic Cross-Country champion, set their information booth up right at the stadium near the finish line where they were within an easy reach during three days. Countless young athletes and officials visited the booth, played The Doping Quiz and generally showed interest in raising their awareness about anti-doping and fair play. The visitors not only were able to pick up information leaflets but also to win prizes such as WADA headbands and carabineers, a real hit among the youngsters.