About Estonian Anti-Doping Agency
Estonian Anti-Doping Agency (EADA) promotes healthy and fair sport, carrying out doping testing and anti-doping education and developing international anti-doping cooperation.
Three staff members work in EADA: Henn Vallimäe, PhD, ped. knd, CEO of the EADA , Gea Muru, the testing manager and Vahur Onton, the testing coordinator. The activities of the EADA are reviewed by the supervisory board consisting of four members. EADA was established by the Estonian National Olympic Committee in 2007, before that the private entity Estonian Anti-Doping Centre was responsible for the anti-doping activities.
EADA is involved with the international project “Doping prevention through peer learning among youth” called prePLAY. By the end of the project 20 young anti-doping ambassadors will be recruited who will be thoroughly educated and able to deliver anti-doping education sessions at schools and carry out anti-doping outreach activities at sports competitions etc.
Carrying out doping tests is one of the main activities of the EADA.
Doping tests in 2014
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In 2014 the following anti-doping rule violations took place: two refusals (powerlifting and bodybuilding), four positive doping tests (two in bodybuilding, two in basketball).
Doping tests in 2013
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In 2013 the following anti-doping rule violations took place: 1 positive doping test (use of anabolic steroid), 2 refusals to submit sample collection, 6 missed tests.
Numerous athletes have been informed regarding the doping test procedures, TUEs and reporting in ADAMS via sport federations or face-to-face consultations. Since March 2014 a new member of staff, education manager, joined, and this enabled to have more systematic training activities to various target groups.
Main target groups are elite and young athletes, coaches, media, sport organisations. Basics of the antidoping issues have been described and as 2015 approached, the new Code had been introduced.
In 2014 over 2200 people participated in several educational events. Almost half of them were students, including sports students. About 400 athletes (mainly youth athletes) participated in anti-doping education events regarding the new code, prevention work and doping control procedure. In spring 2014 visiting lessons were delivered to 17 schools regarding the spirit of sport and the dangers of doping. By spring 2015 it is planned to launch an e-learning module on anti-doping for amateur athletes.
New visual identity was created and a new web-page was launched. Also a new Facebook-page helps to share updated information and a drug database was created where athletes, parents and athlete support personnel can check the status of medications according to WADA’s 2015 Prohibited List.
Close contacts are with FINADA and agencies from the Baltic States. Together with SLOADA a collaboration project of clean sport ambassadors got finance from the Erasmus+ programme together with partners from Latvia, Germany, Croatia and Malta.
Change in the law in 2015
Recently the Penal Code in Estonia was amended, so that inducing for doping could be punishable by fine or one year of imprisonment. In case of repeated violation or where under-aged are involved, the punishment can be even three years of imprisonment.
Download the PDF-file Overview of the Anti-Doping Activities in Estonia