Fight against Doping
The Gianni Benzi Foundation supports the particular approach to the fight against doping, which has characterised the ideas of Professor Gianni Benzi, starting from his proposed ‘Doping’ definition as ‘the improper use of medicinal products and of all substances used … Continued
The Gianni Benzi Foundation supports the particular approach to the fight against doping, which has characterised the ideas of Professor Gianni Benzi, starting from his proposed ‘Doping’ definition as ‘the improper use of medicinal products and of all substances used outside the specific treatment or nutrition context for which they were put on the market’. This definition of ‘doping’, which was for so long strongly opposed by national and international sporting bodies, is now largely accepted both in Italy and in many Countries. Another relevant aspect is represented by the Professor Benzi commitment to represent the doping phenomenon in terms scientifically adequate and to promote, in the same time, the availability of a clear, correct, unprejudiced information, presented in such a way to offer ethic guidance to the public and in particular to the younger people.
Awards for journalism, publications, organisation of awareness raising events, conferences and research projects are all means through which the Foundation intends to promote and consolidate these themes.
7th-30th May 2012, Sala Murat, Piazza Ferrarese, Bari. The event was designed to be a container for information and educational interventions on the issue of doping and was characterised by the following initiatives: a) the presentation of the book ‘Il doping tra diritto e morale, le norme giuridiche e le riflessioni bioetiche sul fenomeno che avvelena lo sport’ written by Sergio Rizzo, b) the video realised by the journalist of Corriere della Sera, Giuseppe Toti , which shows the special interview with Pietro Mennea, in which he describes his point of view about doping and he sums up his struggles against this phenomenon, c) a training course for doctors and other healthcare professionals on the health risks deriving from the use of doping substances, d) educational interventions for young people with collections of educational materials and scientific presentations of experts . The scientific event was associated with the painting exhibition dedicated to the artist Francis Toraldo , organised in collaboration with the Passepartout gallery.
On the 5th November 2008 the prize was awarded ex-aequo to Eugenio Capodacqua, sports reporter working in daily newspaper ‘La Repubblica’ and to Roberto Fusco, sports reporter and assignment editor of ‘Rai- Radiotelevisione Italiana’. The prize was awarded by a Committee chaired by Senator Mariapia Garavaglia and formed by Sergio Rizzo (vice-chair of ‘Corriere dello Sport’), Giuseppe Toti (sports journalist of ‘Corriere della Sera’), Sandro Donati (Master of Sport and expert of anti-doping), Pasquale Bellotti (doctor), such as internal members of the Foundation, and also by Dr. Felice Salvati, representing the National Federation of the Italian Press and Prof. Luigia Trabace representing the National Commission for the Supervision of Doping.
The award was established on the 10th October 2008 and the first on a trial edition was reserved to the last three classes of High Schools in the Apulia Region. The edition was sponsored by the Regional School Office of Apulia – Ministry of Education.
The Committee responsible to award the prize was made by Dr. Sergio Rizzo (Deputy director of ‘Corriere dello Sport’), Dr. Nicola Tangorra (Mayor of Valenzano, Bari), Prof. Rita Ceci (Public Middle School Principal), Dr. Giuseppe Toti (journalist of ‘Corriere della Sera’) and Dr. Donato Castelli (representing the Regional School Office of Apulia – Ministry of Education).
The prize was awarded to Maria Grazia di Carlo, student from the High School ‘R. Bonghi’ of Lucera (FG), whose article was published on the ‘Corriere dello Sport’ on the 10th October 2008.
This initiative was aimed to increase the value of the scientific contributes published on indexed journals, favouring the spreading of adequate initiatives concerning Doping with transparency, professionalism and competence, directed and divulged among a wider public. The prize was awarded to Ville M. Mattila for the article entitled “Use of dietary supplements and anabolic-androgenic steroids among Finnish adolescents in 1991-2005” by the Committee composed by Prof. Annamaria De Luca (Section of Pharmacology, Department of Pharmacobiology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Bari)and Prof. Luigia Trabace (Section of Pharmacology, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at ‘Ospedali Riuniti’).
In 2012, the Gianni Benzi Foundation has edited the publication of the book written by Sergio Rizzo, Deputy Director of Corriere dello Sport and member of the Scientific Committee of the Gianni Benzi Foundation, which deals with the problem of doping in the context of the legislation in different countries, highlighting the continuous need for harmonisation.
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