Young athletes critical in the fight to stop doping in sports

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Educating young athletes about the dangers of performance enhancing drugs is the key to eradicating doping in sports.

That's according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which is hosting a two-day conference on the subject.

UNESCO said prohibited substances not only cause health problems; they also undermine fairness and ethics in sports.

Dianne Penn reports.

More than 250 representatives from governments and the sports world will take part in the meeting at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

It comes at a time of growing concern about the use of performance enhancing drugs by teenagers and young adults, according to the UN agency.

UNESCO chief Irina Bokova said prevention is better than cure and that education is the only way to effectively stamp out doping.

The conference celebrates 10 years of a UN treaty against the use of prohibitive substances in sports.

Two former Olympians—runner Beckie Scott from Canada and Romanian fencer Laura Badea—are expected to appeal to governments to take action on the issue.

And with the Olympics and Paralympics taking place in Rio de Janeiro next year, UNESCO is working with the Brazilian Anti-Doping Authority to preserve what it calls "the beauty of high performance competition."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 57″

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