Surprise dope testing for CWG athletes

New Delhi: In its bid to make the
Commonwealth Games a dope-free event, the organisers today
said participating athletes will be subjected to surprise dope
testing to deter them from taking banned drugs.

Organising Committee said in a statement that the
participating athletes from 71 Commonwealth countries will be
subjected to unannounced doping control tests, anytime and
anywhere during the period of the Games.

The programme, supported by the Commonwealth Games
Federation, will act as a blend of deterrence, detection and
education, the statement said.

The CGF has approved a test distribution plan of 1500
doping control tests -- the highest ever in any Commonwealth
Games. The tests will comprise of urine, blood and breathe
analysis, it said.

The Organising Committee has set up doping control
facilities at all competition venues and training venues at
par with the international standards. These facilities will be
used solely for doping control purposes after the end of the

The OC, through its Doping Control Division, has trained
more than 450 doping control officials for the Games. The
selection and the training of these officials have been
conducted in accordance with International Standards of World
Anti-doping Agency (WADA).

They have been selected from many streams including
doctors, sports medicine experts, physiotherapists, and
science graduates.

"Having internationally qualified DCOs and international
standards of testing will be a great advantage for the
country," said Dr Munish Chander, Deputy Director General
(Doping Control) of the Commonwealth Games Organising

"So far, about 50 professionally-trained DCOs used to do
this job in India, but the Delhi Commonwealth Games is a very
big event and we will have sufficient number of officials to
ensure doping free games.”

"The OC and CGF shall certify and accredit these
officials and leave a legacy for the country to use the
services of these officials even after the end of the games,"
Chander added.

The OC in collaboration with WADA will also organise
anti-doping Athlete Outreach programme at the Commonwealth
Games Village to educate the athletes and entourage.



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