Online anti-doping cartoon launched by UN cultural agency

4 August 2008

The latest adventures of Rattus Holmes and Felis Watson – a tale of sport and athletes who cheat by taking banned drugs – can be found on a website run by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), starting today.

The latest adventures of Rattus Holmes and Felis Watson – a tale of sport and athletes who cheat by taking banned drugs – can be found on a website run by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), starting today.

The website features The Case of the Spoilsports, a comic strip, in English, Spanish and French, which dramatizes UNESCO’s anti-doping role and explores the importance of the International Convention against Doping in Sport, adopted by UNESCO’s member states in 2005.

In five chapters published weekly, the story – inspired by the famous Sherlock Holmes detective stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – will trace how twin athletes react differently to the pressures of competitive sport.

One gives in immediately to the pressure put on him by his trainer and teammates, while the other athlete suffers because his competitors use performance-enhancing drugs.

From one sports event to the next, the plot leads to the 29th Olympic Games in Beijing, which open on Friday.

 

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