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WADA HOSTS 12TH ANTI-DOPING ORGANIZATION SYMPOSIUM FOCUSED ON PROTECTING THE CLEAN ATHLETE

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The Agency welcomes over 500 delegates with doping in the spotlight as never before

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Lausanne, 16 March 2016 – This week, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) welcomed a  record number of over 500 delegates from around the world to its 12th Anti-Doping Organization (ADO) Symposium, at Palais de Beaulieu, to discuss the way forward for protecting the clean athlete.  The event, which ran from 14-16 March, attracted anti-doping experts from International Sport Federations (IFs), National Anti-Doping Organizations, Regional Anti-Doping Organizations, Major Games Organizers, WADA-accredited laboratories and other stakeholders; as well as, over 50 international media – all that are integral to the clean sport movement.
 
As partnership and quality practice under the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code (Code) are essential to mounting a successful collaborative campaign for clean sport, the Symposium was centered on the theme ‘Partnering for Quality Practice’ and, ultimately, focused delegates on the clean athlete and the ways and means of protecting their right to clean sport.
 
“In this year of heightened global interest in anti-doping, WADA’s Symposium provided the Agency and its partners with the perfect opportunity to sit down under one roof and reflect on recent developments; exchange on challenges and opportunities; share best practices; and, generally, take stock regarding how we’re delivering on our common, global, purpose to protect clean sport” said Frédéric Donzé, WADA’s European Regional Office and IF Relations Director, who organized and hosted the event.
 
During his keynote address, Sir Craig Reedie, WADA President said, “In light of recent events, it is clear that WADA, and the anti-doping community, is facing a pivotal moment in its short history.  The public’s confidence has been shattered and it is up to us, the anti-doping community, to right the wrongs and turn this period of adversity into opportunity.”  In concluding his address, Reedie added: “Sport has had its wakeup call and the anti-doping community must find some of the answers to the questions posed today if we are to shore up trust, and give sport back its credibility”.
 
The Symposium included a mix of plenary sessions under the sub-themes: how the 2015 Anti-Doping Code is making a difference; how to capitalize on major events to protect clean athletes; how science can support quality programs; and anti-doping coordination.  The last day offered up practical workshops related to: education; testing strategies; results management; sample storage and re-analysis; and doping reporting mechanisms.
 
The event also featured interviews with Richard W. Pound, WADA’s founding President and Chair of its Independent Commission that investigated and reported upon allegations into doping in Russian athletics; and, Lord Sebastien Coe, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations, who discussed his personal story and gave his take regarding anti-doping in light of the Commission’s revelations.
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The 14th RADO meeting of the Gulf States and Yemen in Saudi Arabia next Wednesday

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Riyadh will host the 14th RADO meeting in the GCC & Yemen on Wednesday-Thursday 17-18/02/2016 with the participation of Chairman and members of the organization from all the Gulf States, in addition to the Director of WADA Asia/Oceania Regional Office, and Deputy Director of NADO/RADO relations in WADA. This meeting and its accompanied workshop, which is organized by the Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee will continue to take place for 2 days. During the meeting, Result Management Workshop will be presented by the WADA- Legal Affairs manager with the participation of members of the Hearing and Appeal Committees in the Gulf States.
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Media Statement

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The Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee (SAADC) would like to clarify to all affiliates of the sport community about what has been included in the TV statement of Mr. Abdullah Mutlaq Al-Enizi ( Alnasr Football Club player), within the context of Sada Al Malaeb TV Show of MBC1 broadcasted in the evening of Wednesday 20th Shawal 1436 H. corresponding to 6 August 2015, and which we quoted: ( He was using analgesic ampoules before his participation in the last 9 or 10 matches of the last season with the help of someone who was closed to the player, without informing the medical or administrative staff of the club).

Based on the jurisdictions invested in SAADC as per Article 1: APPLICATION OF ANTI-DOPING RULES, and Article 5: TESTING AND INVESTIGATIONS, and Article 17: STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS of the Saudi Anti-Doping Rules in Sport, and after reviewing all the related documents and reports, it was apparent that the said analgesic ampoules were just Voltaren ampoules, which are not prohibited according to the WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Methods. Such drug is given to many athletes. By going back to his previous Doping Control it was confirmed that the player used this drug. Besides, it was registered officially in the List of Used Medications Form for each team, and which must be submitted by the Team’s physician prior to the match that was included within the national doping control program. In addition, the player / Abdullah Al-Enizi, since 2013, is listed in the Registered Testing Pool, which is recognized and applied internationally.

SAADC calls upon all athletes not to use any medications without consulting the Athlete Support Personnel, or contacting SAADC for any inquiries. Athletes should be aware of the procedures related to the TUE application – if needed – through SAADC’s website: www.saadc.com

 

Wishing that Allah may protect all of our athletes from the dangers of doping to participate in doping-free and true competitions.

May Allah grant you all the success

 

Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee

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Dr. Alkonbaz is the COP Chairperson to the UNESCO Convention Against Doping In Sport

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Dr. Mohammed Saleh Al-Konbaz, SAADC’s Chairman, was elected as chairperson of the Conference of Parties to the UNESCO for another 2-year term.

 

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This election comes on the margin of the 5th Session of the COP of the International Convention, and on the 10th Anniversary celebration of the International Convention against Doping In Sport at the UNESCO’s headquarter – France, with the presence of the Director-General of UNESCO, and the Permanent Delegate of the Saudi Arabia to the UNESCO Ambassador Ziad Aldrees, in addition to representatives of 167 states around the world.

 

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On the other hand, SAADC held an exhibition on the sideline of the conference with the participation of 4 countries who have distinguished anti-doping programs: France, Japan, Romania, and Saudi Arabia, in addition to WADA and 2 other sport organizations.

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The exhibition displayed information about Saudi Arabia, Saudi sports, and the national anti-doping program. Many publications and simple gifts were distributed to the exhibition visitors. It is worth-mentioning that the Saudi Permanent Delegation to the UNESCO helped preparation of the exhibition.

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WADA Statement regarding Maria Sharapova Case

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‘WADA is aware of the ongoing, and highly publicized, case concerning tennis player, Maria Sharapova. As is our normal process, and in order to protect the integrity of the case, WADA will refrain from commenting further until a decision has been issued by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Following that, WADA will review the reasons for the decision and subsequently decide whether or not to use its independent right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
We can confirm that meldonium was added to the 2016 Prohibited List which took effect on 1 January 2016, having previously been on WADA’s monitoring program for the duration of 2015.
Meldonium was added [to the Prohibited List] because of evidence of its use by athletes with the intention of enhancing performance.’ 
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RADO meeting of the Gulf States ends effectively with a workshop for all committees

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Yesterday, the 14th RADO meeting of the Gulf States and Yemen, which was hosted by the Saudi capital; Riyadh, concluded its works which lasted for two days.
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The meeting was held in the Intercontinental hotel in Riyadh city, where Mr. Adam Klevinas, the WADA Legal Affairs manager presented “Results Management” workshop with the participation of 40 members of the Hearing and Appeal Committees in the Gulf States, whom had been briefed on the explanation of the new rules in the Code and their equivalents in the International Standards. In addition, many discussions about doping issues such as the use or assisting the use or the administration of prohibited substances, took place.
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Chairmen of the Anti-Doping Committees in the Gulf States had paid a visit to HRH Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud; General President of Youth Welfare, and Chairman of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee at his office in Riyadh, in the presence of Dr. Mohammed Saleh Konbaz; Chairman of the Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee, and Mr. Abdulaziz Almasaed; SAADC’s Secretary General, in addition to some members of the Board in SAADC.
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HRH Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad had been briefed on the efforts exerted by members of those committees in the field of combating doping in Asia, in the past and the work plan for the future.
HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad had praised SAADC’s efforts in providing anti-doping programs of awareness about rules and regulations and what athletes should be aware of in this regard, as well as the application of the doping control program in all the Saudi sport competitions.
 
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Media Statement

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The Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee (SAADC) would like to clarify its position to all affiliates of the sport community about what has been circulated by the media about the Adverse Analytical Result of Mr. Mohammed Noor Hawsawi ( Al-Ittihad Football Club player).

Based on Article 14 of the Saudi Anti-Doping Rules in Sport, and particularly Article 14-3-1: Public Disclosure, SAADC will have the right to the following:

  1. The Adverse Analytical Finding was received by SAADC on Wednesday morning 25 Nov. 2015.
  2. As per the rules listed in Results Management of Article 7 in the Saudi Anti-Doping Rules in Sport, SAADC shall conduct an initial review of the Doping Control Forms and the Laboratory result within 48 hours of the result recipient.
  3. The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has been notified through Top Confidential letter at 11:00 am, Sunday 29th November 2015, (Friday and Saturday :weekend). The notification included: an imposition of provisional suspension on the player till the completion of all procedures, and the player’s right to attend hearing session by Thursday, December 3, 2015, and the player’s right to open and analyze Bottle B of his sample.
  4. Once such procedures are completed, a decision shall be issued by the Saudi Anti-Doping Hearing Panel according to the Saudi Anti-Doping Rules in Sport. It is worth-mentioning that Article 14 of the Saudi Anti-Doping Rules in Sport entitles SAADC to issue media statement once the athlete is notified of the anti-doping rule violation where appropriate.

Therefore, SAADC was been keen to clarify all the facts of such issue in this statement to everybody, motivated by the principle of transparency, and its conviction that all affiliates of the sport community are considered to be partners in promoting the precept of True Play and athletes’ protection.

We, hereby, would like to make it known that SAADC’s official website: www.saadc.com, or its Twitter: @Saudi_NADO are the main and sole sources for any information or resolutions issued by SAADC.

 

Wishing that Allah may protect all of our athletes from the dangers of doping to participate in doping-free and true competitions.

May Allah grant you all the success

 

Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee

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