Saturday, August 21, 2010

Doping Control Center at Each Games Venues

As the countdown for the Commonwealth Games intensifies, the organizing committee (OC) is moving towards setting up one of the most important aspects of the Games the doping control centers at all the venues. These facilities, which will be set up at both competition and training venues, are of international standards and form an important
legacy after the Delhi Games 2010.

Incidentally, the anti-doping measures in place in the Delhi Games, comprising of a test distribution plan of 1,500 doping control tests, is the highest ever in any Commonwealth Games. The participating athletes from 71 CGAs shall be subjected to unannounced doping control tests, anytime and anywhere during the Games. The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has enacted anti-doping standards for Delhi 2010 and these will be applicable to all athletes including para-athletes.

The OC, through its Doping Control Division, has trained more than 450 doping control officials for Delhi 2010. The selection and the training of these officials was conducted in accordance with international standards of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). They were selected from many streams including doctors, sports medicine experts, physiotherapists and science graduates.

Interestingly, till date, the country had about 50 professionally-trained doping control officers who did this job. The OC and CGF shall certify and accredit the newly trained officials and leave a legacy of the services of these officials after the end of the Games, say OC officials. The Games have also seen the setting up of WADA accreditation for National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), Delhi in August 2008. The NDTL is one of the only 34 labs around the globe.

The NDTL provided its vital services during CYG Pune 2008 and test events held in 2010. The OC in collaboration with WADA will also organize anti-doping athlete outreach programme at the Commonwealth Games Village to educate the athletes and entourage during the Games.