Some of the best things in life come up when you least expect them. In fact today I am very happy to be able to share with you some good news… 🙂
The Malta Olympic Committee has chosen me to be an anti-doping ambassador for Malta and together with a number of other ambassadors (from Malta, Latvia, Croatia, Estonia and Slovenia) I will be participating in a European Union project on doping prevention among youth, starting with an Educational Camp in Slovenia next week followed by a number of initiatives in Malta over the coming months. This project has been entitled Preplay and more info on this project can be found on www.preplay.si
Those of you who know me well or have been following Mirror Friendly are probably aware of my values in favour of a healthy and fair sport, clean from the use of illegal substances or methods – the kind of sport which fills you with satisfaction, knowing that whatever has been achieved has been done through genuine hard work.
Thus, it goes without saying that such unexpected news is a source of pride and joy, knowing that:
a) My morals in sports are being officially recognised by the top local sporting authority
b) I will be better able to pass the values I truly believe in and practice to the younger European generation, particularly the Maltese one.
c) The first real steps are being taken to safeguard clean athletes and distinguish them from those who cheat and try to gain an unfair advantage.
Because let’s face it, a sport needs to be fair; otherwise it will no longer remain a sport, but become something corrupt, one of the most common words in our vocabulary nowadays. More importantly children are led into sports because it is a healthy activity, both physically and mentally. Once an athlete crosses the line and reverts to doping, the original reason why he or she had started practicing the sport will totally become null and void without mentioning the negative impacts that steroids have on physical and mental health.
Doping was what made Lance Armstrong (Tour De France “champion” for 7 consecutive times) go from being everybody’s hero to a shameful villain. The same applies to Ben Johnson and many other ‘top’ sprinters that followed. Because the world needs to decorate and honor true human athletes, not walking laboratories.
Am very much looking forward to represent all of you who value a clean sport on this new little priceless mission which I have been entrusted with.
To fitness with love,