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True Champion or Cheat: Anti Doping Education

 The International Cycling Union (UCI) has announced a new anti-doping online education program called ‘True Champion or Cheat?’.

The programme comprises a series of eight 10-15 minute videos. During these videos, participants are required to interact with the actors and reply to quizzes throughout the different modules, which must all be completed. Each of these modules broaches a specific theme.

The primary aim of the programme is to ensure riders fully understand their rights and responsibilities under the UCI Anti-Doping Rules and the World Anti-Doping Code. The current modules cover the following subjects:

1 the Anti-Doping Regulation
2 doping testing procedures
3 the list of prohibited substances and methods
4 whereabouts information
5 therapeutic use exemptions
6 dietary supplements
7 breaches of the Regulation
8 health consequences of doping.

The development of the programme reflects the UCI’s belief that they will succeed in eliminating doping in our sport by combining three approaches:

1 a solid and comprehensive testing programme
2 an interesting and informative education programme
3 the commitment of National Federations and professional teams to providing an environment in which strong ethics and an authentic doping-free culture are of prime importance.

True Champion or Cheat? is currently available in 7 languages. The original is in English, with dubbed versions in French and Spanish and sub-titled versions in German, Italian, Dutch and Swedish. Riders and other participants are encouraged to follow the programme on-line to ensure its completion is registered by their National Federation and the UCI. The programme is also available on DVD for completion off-line in five of the seven languages mentioned above. If you require further information, please contact the UCI at

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