The current context still sees a lack of cooperation and coordination in the European anti-doping policy which risks turning doping in recreational sport into a societal problem and a public health concern. In order to face the latter, FAIR+ project proposes three objectives.
- Look into the existing prevalence of doping in recreational sport through a sample-based research and to investigate the societal and psychological motivations behind the use of doping at amateur level. Indeed, while over the years there have been several surveys conducted at the elite level and in fitness which determined the prevalence of doping practices, there is very little information about the broader recreational sport sector.
- The FAIR+ Guidelines (and the Anti-Doping Code of Conduct) will provide several recommendations on how to set-up effective educational campaigns targeting recreational sport coaches, instructors and trainers and eventually with indications on how to evaluate and measure their efficacy. The 3rd Edition of the Anti-Doping Code of Conduct is a call for accountability of the entire recreational sport sector against doping, underling the decisive role of coaches in the modern societies. The findings of the two research and the results of the review period on the current European educational programmes will be included in the FAIR+ Report together with several proposals on how FAIR+ needs to be followed-up.
- The maintenance of the Forum for Anti-Doping in Recreational Sport. The Forum, organised in the framework of the old FAIR Project, has already become one of the most relevant occasion for European doping experts, institutions, academics and sport stakeholders to come together and there is a clear desire to see it continued. The FAIR+ Forum will be an improved version of the one organised in the framework of FAIR Project (e.g. more speakers, more participants, two days appointment, open to other EU funded projects, etc.).