By James Crook

PolandSNTDcap-285x190August 6 - The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have joined forces to combat doping by hosting a "Say NO! to Doping" (SNTD) day at the 2013 IPC World Swimming Championships in Montreal next week.

Athletes will be encouraged to show their support in the mission to eradicate doping from sport by donning green swimming caps and temporary tattoos bearing the SNTD and IPC logo's on the second day of the Championships (Tuesday August 13), which will be the designated SNTD day.

Officials and volunteers at the Parc Jean Drapeau Aquatic Complex will wear SNTD t-shirts, and spectators will be issued with temporary tattoos and handheld paper fans to support the cause.

Competitions will also run on Facebook and Twitter, giving fans the opportunity to win caps worn and signed by the top athletes competing at the Championships.

"The IPC is delighted to partner with WADA to raise the profile of clean sport and to be able to provide education and support for athletes and teams at Montreal 2013," said IPC President Sir Philip Craven.

"As an athlete myself I know how important it is for everyone to play fair."

WADA chief executive David Howman - who will take part in a designated Say NO! to Doping press conference at the Parc Jean Drapeau alongside Craven - added: "Say NO! to Doping is an effective campaign that allows athletes and organisations to demonstrate that they are behind clean sport.

"I am glad so many leading names from the world of para-swimming have joined us in being vocal of sport that consists of fair play and respect."

130716183207405 BenoitHuotandValerieGrandMaisoncreditSwimmingCanada.mainpicture 612Canadian swimmers Benoit Huot and Valerie Grand Maison show their support for the IPC and WADA anti-doping day due to take place on August 13

Some of the world's leading Para-swimmers, including Britain's London 2012 gold medallists Josef Craig and Ellie Simmonds , 12-time Paralympic champion Jessica Long of the United States and Brazil's Andre Brasil, who will defend seven world titles, have shown their support for the campaign prior to the beginning of the

"I want to make my dreams come true not by crossing the lines, but with my willpower," said Brasil.

"If it has to hurt, let it hurt.

"If you have to cry, then cry.

"If you have to bleed, then bleed.

"But I´ll always look back and see a clean and fair game, so I´ll be able to be proud of myself"

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) will provide third-party anti-doping services for the World Championships, bringing more than 20 years of experience and the latest anti-doping techniques in urine and blood sample collection.

Doping control officers from the Canadian Anti-Doping Program will collect urine and blood samples before and during the World Championships, whilst CCES staff will be on site to provide outreach services to athletes and access to information about anti-doping.

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