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

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NOida (UP), May 18 (ANI):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 skills and knowledge for the Doping Control Program for CWG and evaluate and identify suitable 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 uccessful candidates will become Certified Doping Control Officials, which is an International level accreditation and will become a member of National Anti- Doping Agency". (ANI)

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