A workshop aimed at licensing the first batch of local ant-doping personnel organised by the National Anti-Doping Committee in cooperation with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) was hosted by Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) on October 2-3.
HE Aref Hamad Al Awani, Secretary General of ADSC, said doping in sports must be severely dealt with jointly and with the concerted efforts of the public and private institutions.
“The objective is to keep sports clean from doping whether it be in the UAE, region or around the world,” he said.
“This workshop provides the opportunity for us to have our own anti-doping personnel from the UAE to combat doping cases, if any in the country as well as in the region.
“We hope our efforts during this workshop with the National Anti-Doping Committee will be successful, especially when we are moving forward by hosting major international events over the next few years.”
Reem Al Hosani said the objective of the workshop was to train Emiratis and have them prepared to take up roles both locally and internationally.
“There are many future development plans of the National Anti-Doping Committee, especially with regard to the development, rehabilitation and empowerment of national cadres to deal with everything related to anti-doping.”
Dr. Dato Guru, Chairman of the AFC Medical Committee and member of the FIFA Medical Committee, named the list of prohibited drugs and methods, and how to choose athletes to undergo doping tests in a random or according to the status achieved by the team or team concerned in a specific competition.
“There are many steps in the process of detecting doping, beginning with the selection of the athlete to be examined,” he said.
“They have to be informed to attend the doping inspection, then we need to ensure the sampling equipment and devices, urine count, sample sealing, weight and height measurements in order to complete the doping test data for the relevant athlete and the sampling procedure for the laboratory.”