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Canadian Swimmers Show Support For Clean Sport At World Championships

World-class athletes Benoit Huot and Valérie Grand'Maison to take part in day of activity on August 13, in support of clean sport

MONTREAL, July 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadian swimmers Benoit Huot and Valérie Grand'Maison will be helping to raise awareness about clean sport on August 13, at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal.

The IPC and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have teamed up to create a day dedicated to raising awareness of anti-doping and to call for athletes to compete clean in all sports.

Say NO! to Doping is an awareness campaign that was launched by WADA to encourage sports and anti-doping organisations to show their commitment to doping-free sport. Sport and anti-doping communities can incorporate the Say NO! to Doping logo and other green elements throughout competition venues, promotional material and sports equipment to promote the Play True message of respect and fair play.

All swimmers will be encouraged to show their support for a level playing field by wearing swimming caps and temporary tattoos displaying the Say No! to Doping and IPC logos.

Reigning world and Paralympic champion over 200m in the individual medley S10 class, Benoit Huot, said:

"I've always been an advocate for the importance of clean, equal and fair sport for everyone. These values are unique. Let's all continue to work together and make sure that our sport is clean and transparent."

Huot, who was the flag-bearer for Canada at the London 2012 Closing Ceremony, will be in action on August 13 in the 400m freestyle S10, in which he collected silver at London 2012, as well as a number of other events during the competition.

Teammate Valérie Grand'Maison, Paralympic champion over 200m in the individual medley SM13 and world champion in the 400m freestyle S13, spoke of how important the essence of fairness is to sport:

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