THE Voices of the Athletes, an initiative engaging athlete ambassadors to advocate for anti-doping in sports, HIV Awareness and prevention, and the rights and responsibilities of athletes, will be present at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna next month.
Team co-ordinator Natanya Potoi-Ulia said the two week-long event would be a perfect place to advocate their messages — Be a Leader, Play True, Play Safe and Go Green.
Fiji will be represented in athletics, rugby, tae kwon do, weightlifting, volleyball, beach volleyball, va'a and sailing at the event.
She said it was important for sportspersons, no matter of which sport, to be fully aware about doping control, HIV Awareness and prevention, and the rights and responsibilities of the athletes.
"The Voices of the Athletes is working in partnership with the Oceania National Olympic Committee, Stop HIV Champions and the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (RADO) to raise awareness on anti-doping and HIV and AIDS," Potoi-Ulia said.
Drug Free Sport Fiji control officer Fatafei Daunivuka, working under the Play True banner, said they would be conducting over 50 in competition tests from Day one of the Mini Games.
Fiji Stop HIV Champion Inia Korowale would be advocating Play Safe at the event.
"What we will be doing will be talking to the athletes and giving them a questionnaire to see how much they know about HIV and other STI's," he said.
"At the end of the program, they will go back with at least some knowledge on HIV and STI's."
Potoi-Ulia added their outreach program has been successful.