Thursday, 22 July 2010

Amity University to provide dope control officials for CWG

Amity University is playing a crucial role in ensuring successful Commonwealth Games. After taking responsibility to train over 30,000 volunteers, the University is set to provide over 200 National Doping Control Officials from amongst its students.

Doping Control Programme (DCP) is a major initiative of Common Wealth Games organizing committee. The dope control takes place in compliance with the World Anti- Doping Code, CGF- Anti Doping Standard and the accompanying international standards. 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.

Today, the initial phase of screening process, which is a three day general training started with the second batch comprising of 92 students from Amity Institute of Physiotherapy (AIP), Amity Institute of Forensic Sciences, Amity Institute of Bio Technology and Amity School of Pharmacy at Amity Campus, Sector-44, Noida.

The first batch comprising of over 72 students from Amity Institute of Physiotherapy (AIP) and Amity Institute of Forensic Sciences, who were picked up for the Dope Control Training Programme in May, 2010, are in the last phase of the training.

Welcoming the guests and sharing some vital information with the students, Dr. Nitesh Bansal- Director, Amity Institute of Physiotherapy said, "the screening process for Dope Control Officials will comprise of three stages namely "General Training on Doping" (amalgamation of theoretical and practical components), "Role Specific Training" (one day training) and "Venue Specific Training" ( one day training) which will be conducted simultaneously with Role Specific Training in August, 2010 and subsequently, based on their performance in written examination, the students will be certified and registered as "National Doping Control Officials".

While presenting his views during a session on "Doping Control Induction", Dr. Munish Chander 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 skils 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 CWG OC, Testing Program for Delhi 2010, Secure Chain Of custody, Whereabouts Information of Athlete and Therapeutic use Exemption.

Also present during the training programme were Ms.Jyoti Mittal - Project Officer, Dope Control Division, OC, CWG-2010, Dr. Kanupriya Kashyap - Project Officer, Dope Control Division, OC, CWG-2010 and Dr. Ritisha James-Project Officer, Dope Control Division, OC, CWG-2010.

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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