Report WI players honoured for fighting drugs

Published: Wednesday, June 27, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Vienna: The West Indies Players' Association of cricket professionals has received a United Nations-backed award for their work in campaigning against drug abuse, a UN statement.The association, whose leaders include Courtney Walsh and Curtley Ambrose, were presented with the Serge Sotiroff memorial award in a ceremony in Barbados on Tuesday.

The association was behind a "Cricketers against Drugs" campaign, which promotes signature of a pledge to lead a drug-free lifestyle."These athletes take their responsibility as role models for young people seriously and inspire young people to take up healthy alternatives to drugs," said the UN statement.

The UN award, accompanied by a $ 1,000 prize, is named after Serge P Sotiroff, a key figure in preparing the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances.

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