SAADC organizes the 5th Training Course to qualify Doping Control Officers on Thursday 26 May 2016 over three days at Prince Faisal Bin Fahad Olympic Complex in Riyadh.
During the course, participants will receive theoretical and scientific lectures, in addition to practical workshops from an elite group of WADA-accredited DCOs in Saudi Arabia.
50 DCOs will be qualified by the course, through which they will be armed with the required training that qualifies them to be DCOs after passing the written and practical exams. SAADC seeks to expand the anti-doping domain and increase the number of samples to be tested.
It’s worth-mentioning that SAADC had previously held 4 training courses for qualifying DCOs, some of whom acquired the WADA recognition and became one of the pillars that SAADC relies on in the implementation of the doping control programs at the national and international levels. Moreover, many organizations and international federations seek the assistance of the Saudi DCOs in implementing their doping control programs during international competitions.Continue Reading
The Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee has held an awareness symposium for members of our youth national football team in their camp at the Eastern region. This activity comes within the Saudi Anti-Doping Program; the most important axes of which is to implement awareness programs among teams of different age groups.
SAADC’s Secretary General, Mr. Abdulaziz Almasaed has presented the visual-display lecture addressing all aspects related to Anti-Doping; starting from the introduction of SAADC with its mission & function, Anti-Doping rule violations, sanctions, prohibited substances in sport and their damages on health; ways of preventing them, to an explanation about the mechanism of sample collection and how to save the athletes’ rights throughout all the doping control procedures. At the end of the symposium, an open discussion was initiated to give the players an opportunity to ask their questions.
Mr. Ali Al shoailan; manager of the national youth team has appreciated SAADC’s cooperation with the Administration of Teams Affairs for the dissemination of anti-doping culture and its expected positive results on the future of athletes. He asserted that such activities are playing a very important role in unveiling the dangers of doping on the players’ health especially that those players are so young and in a very crucial stage in the football realm. Players had, also, a chance to be briefed on the updated Prohibited List.
SAADC extends its thanks and appreciation to the administration of the team for their cooperation and contribution to make it possible presenting this program to the stars of the Kingdom’s team. Our best wishes with success for the team in the next AFC Youth.Continue Reading
President Vladimir Putin yesterday said Russia will give “every assistance” to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) inspectors probing allegations of organized doping among its Olympic athletes.
“If there are any doubts, they need to be eliminated,” Putin said during a televised news conference in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
“I have instructed the sports ministry and all the Russian government agencies and institutions to provide WADA inspectors with every assistance in organizing their work.”
WADA is investigating sensational claims published in an interview with The New York Times with the former head of Russia’s anti-doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, as well as allegations made by Vitaly Stepanov, a former employee of Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA.
Rodchenkov, who has fled to the United States, gave details of an organised doping campaign including at least 15 medalists during the Sochi Games, with the close involvement of the sports ministry and the FSB security service.
Putin said that the investigation into Russian athletes’ use of performance-enhancing drugs comes “against a backdrop of politically motivated restrictions in respect to our country”, referring to Western sanctions over Ukraine.
“But I hope that WADA’s actions are not in any way linked to this,” the Kremlin strongman said.
Russian prosecutors said Thursday that they have launched an inquiry into doping allegations involving athletes who competed at the Olympic Games in Beijing, London and Sochi, and would be requesting information from WADA.
The announcement came after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that 31 athletes from 12 countries had failed doping tests following new examinations of samples taken during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Russia meanwhile is scrambling to reform its scandal-ridden anti-doping program in time for its track and field stars to compete at the Rio Olympics in August.
Athletics’ international governing body, the IAAF, provisionally suspended Russia in November over a bombshell report by WADA independent commission that found evidence of state-sponsored doping and mass corruption in Russian athletics.
The IAAF will rule on Russia’s participation at the Rio Games at an extraordinary Council meeting in Vienna next month.
The statement comes after WADA president Craig Reedie urged Russia to give WADA drug testers unfettered access to athletes in its so-called ‘closed cities’.
Reedie wrote to Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko two weeks after a German WADA official was threatened with deportation by Russia’s FSB intelligence service for trying to test a Paralympic athlete in the closed city of Tryokhgorny, according to a report in the Times of London.
“These kinds of actions are totally unacceptable and full access to these ‘closed cities’ must be guaranteed,” Reedie told the Times. The term refers to towns where Russia restricts the movements of foreigners because they are home to national security installations.
Reedie, who has been criticized in some media for appearing to take a soft line towards Moscow on the issue, said Russia was dragging its feet over improving its anti-doping system and ruled out compliance in time for the Rio Olympics, which start in August.
“We are having to deal very firmly with a never-ending set of issues in Russia.”
“I think it highly unlikely they will be compliant by the time of the Olympic Games. Our roadmap could take two years to implement at the current rate,” he said.