Amity to provide 200 “National Doping Control Officials” during the Common Wealth Games

Doping Control Programme (DCP) is a major initiative of Organizing Committee, Common Wealth Games 2010 Delhi, which falls in compliance with the World Anti- Doping Code, CGF- Anti Doping Standard and the accompanying international standards. The OC CWG Delhi 2010 and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) are responsible for conducting the Doping Control programme during the Games.

For successful execution of DCP, Doping Control Department requires over 447 control officials for the Games and Amity University is the only University in Noida /NCR which has been selected by OC to provide over 200 National Doping Control Officials from amongst its students.

Today, the initial phase of screening process, which is a three day general training started with the first batch comprising of 72 students from Amity Institute of Physiotherapy (AIP) and Amity Institute of Forensic Sciences at Amity Campus, Sector-44, Noida.

The screening process will have three stages namely “General Training on Doping” (amalgamation of theoretical and practical components), “Role Specific Training” (one day training which will be conducted in July, 2010) and “Venue Specific Training” ( one day training which will be conducted in August, 2010), and subsequently, based on their performance in written examination, the students will be certified and registered as “National Doping Control Officials”

The training session started with an informative presentation by Dr. Prerna Bali-Director Training, DCP who apprised the students with the mission, vision, values and the role of OC during CWG Delhi 2010, 35 functional areas under OC and competition venues and non- competition venues of the games.

While presenting his views during a session on “Doping Control Induction”, Dr. Munish Chander -DDG (Doping Control), OC CWG highlighted various anti- doping organizations functioning across the world and the objectives of the training programme. Talking about the reason behind the growing use of prohibitive substances during the games, Dr. Chander said that the athletes face a lot of pressure from society, their coaches and their country during the International Games, where even a millisecond counts in attaining name, fame and money. Therefore, the athletes resort to prohibitive substances to enhance their performance. Dope Control is very important from legal and ethical point of view. WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) has made it mandatory for all the participating nations to sign WADA code, which is the core document that provides the framework for harmonized anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sports organizations and among public authorities. Highlighting the training objectives and the benefits accruing from the same, Dr. Chander said, “the training programme aims to develop sklls and knowledge for the Doping Control Program for CWG and evaluate and identify able candidates for training as Doping Control Officials. The certification will be valid for two years, after which a person has to go for one day refresher training to continue the certification. On the completion of the training module, the successful candidates will become Certified Doping Control Officials, which is an International level accreditation and will become a member of National Anti- Doping Agency”

During the session “Overview of Doping Control Delhi 2010”, Dr. Prajna Panda- Asst. Project Officer, Dope Control Department shared her views on “Compliance with Anti Doping Policies /Standards” , “Anti Doping Rule violations”, “ Roles of CGF ,IF /CGAs and Delhi 2010” , “Testing Program for Delhi 2010”, “Secure Chain Of custody”, “Whereabouts Information of Athlete” and “Therapeutic use Exemption”

The training programme will cover a plethora of topics namely “Brief Outline of Doping Control Personnel”, “Authorization and Preparation Of Testing”, “Doping Control Stations” , “Athletes selection and Notification Procedure”, “Sample Collection Procedure ( Blood & Urine )”, “Partial Sample procedure “, “Additional Sample procedure”, “Modifications for Testing for Para-athlete & Minors”, “Post test Administration”, “Transportation Of Samples” and “Doping Control Documentation”

Doping Control Department will conduct over 1500 Urine Test, 150 Blood Test and 150 EPO Test on the athletes during CWG. Maximum level of tests will be done in the highly susceptible games which include Weightlifting, Swimming, Cycling and Athletics. The Doping Tests can be conducted “Out of Competition”, when the selected athlete is in his own country before the starting of the games, “Pre- competition”, when the athlete is in games village or training venue and “ In Competition”, when the athlete is competing during the games.

The Doping tests on athletes will start from September 23.All the samples collected will be sent to world’s 35th WADA (World Anti- Doping Agency) accredited “National Dope Testing Laboratory” which is housed near CGO Complex.

Over 200 doctors from medical colleges across Delhi and Indian arm forces with over 16-17 years of experience are already being trained as “National Doping Control Officials”

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