Oceania region maps out anti-doping plan

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NADI, 12 MAY 2015 ( FIJI TIMES) --- The Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (ORADO) expects the upcoming Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea and the Commonwealth Games in Samoa to be drug free.

ORADO held its executive meeting at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi last week and has been conducting a series of workshops which ends this Friday.

The eight-member countries that are participating in the workshop are American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

ORADA executive officer Natanya Potoi Ulia said the outcome of the executive meeting were to look at the best way to implement the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code in the region.

“We were glad to have David Julien from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to do a presentation,” she said.

This year in the region we are holding the Pacific Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games.

"The basic thing is to equip the Drug Control Officers (DCO) so they can go back home and conduct programs before we test the athletes. So they would have no excuse as to why they would have a positive result because they have received the information.

“With this training we are looking into conducting more testing and doping control programs using the WADA fund and the Drug Free Sports New Zealand fund.

“The DCO will conduct some education sessions with their athletes and athletes support personnel. The idea is to have clean games. We want to protect the rights of the clean athletes and that is what we are trying to promote."

The participants are undergoing the Play True Pasifik program this week.

“This is an educational program where we build the capacity of the DCO to better facilitate the education sessions,” Ulia said.

“It is not just to give information but to facilitate the learning and making sure that the athletes are learning and taking something with them as to keep themselves clean and from committing any anti-doping violations.”

The Pacific Games will be held from July 4-18 while the Commonwealth Youth Games will be held from September 5-11....PACNEWS