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ANTI-DOPING GOVERNANCE

The Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) is committed to ensuring a clean sports environment in the Kingdom that is free from doping, in order to protect athletes and the integrity of sport.

This commitment is underlined by the leadership and directives of H.H. Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, President of the BOC; and supported by the initiatives of H.H. Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of His Majesty the King for Humanitarian Works and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports.

The BOC complies with the relevant rules and regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which was initiated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to promote, coordinate and monitor the global fight against drugs in sport. As a signatory to the UNESCO International Convention Against Doping in Sport, which was signed by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and ratified in December 2008, the BOC adopts the World Anti-Doping Code of WADA (the Code).

BAHRAIN NATIONAL ANTI-DOPING ORGANISATION (BAHRAIN-NADO)

The BOC is accredited by WADA as the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Bahrain-NADO comprises the Bahrain National Anti-Doping Committee and its seven Sub-Committees; and the Anti-Doping Department, which handles day-to-day anti-doping activities.

BAHRAIN NATIONAL ANTI-DOPING COMMITTEE

Established in May 2005, this high-level committee governs and oversees the anti-doping roles, responsibilities and activities of the Bahrain-NADO.

Vision

To create a competitive sports environment in the Kingdom of Bahrain that is free from doping, in line with the highest international standards, and the requirements of WADA.

 Mission

To preserve the concepts and values of competition and fair sports performance in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and protect the freedom of sport from the dangers of using drugs and prohibited substances; through implementing the provisions stipulated in the WADA World Anti-Doping Code, as enforced by the UNESCO Convention.

SUB COMMITTIES

The Bahrain National Anti-Doping Committee is supported by the following seven specialist Sub-Committees in carrying out its responsibilities:

  • Doping Control Committee
  • Testing and Investigation Committee
  • Results Management Committee
  • Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee
  • Hearings Committee
  • Appeals Committee
  • Education & Training Committee

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Adopt and implement international anti-doping rules.
  • Promote anti-doping awareness and education.
  • Direct the collection of doping samples.
  • Conduct investigations into alleged doping.
  • Manage doping test results.
  • Conduct hearings at a national level.

PROFESSIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

The BOC has established professional accreditations and affiliations with the following global and regional anti-doping authorities:
Gulf States & Yemen Regional Anti-Doping Organisation
(GSY-RADO)
World Anti-Doping Agency
(WADA)
UNESCO International Anti-Doping Agreement
UNESCO
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ATHLETES’ RIGHTS AND WELL-BEING

The BOC places the highest priority on protecting the rights, health and well-being of the Kingdom’s athletes. All stakeholders in Bahrain’s sports environment – including athletes, managers, coaches and trainers; together with medical, technical and administrative staff – should download and acquaint themselves with the following important documents:

  • BOC Anti-Doping Rules
  • WADA World Anti-Doping Code.
  • WADA Prohibited Substances List
  • WADA Therapeutic Use Exemptions
  • WADA Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act
  • WADA Athletes’ Reference Guide to 2015 Code

In addition, to avoid violations of the BOC Anti-Doping Rules, athletes and their physicians should obtain permission from the Bahrain-NADO for the use of prohibited substances that are necessary to treat certain medical conditions, by downloading, completing and submitting the following form:

  • BOC Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) Application Form

The educational activities of the Bahrain-NADO include preventive efforts to inform and educate both elite and amateur athletes of the disastrous health consequences of doping. In this respect, athletes will find it helpful to download the following documents:

  • WADA Dangers of Doping
  • WADA At-a-Glance: About Anti-Doping
  • WADA At-a-Glance: Athlete Whereabouts

WADA also offers an Anti-Doping e-Learning platform (ADeL) which provides access to all topics related to clean sports and anti-doping. It offers online courses for athletes, coaches, doctors, administrators and anyone interested in learning more about anti-doping and protecting the values of clean sport. For more details, click the link below:

Another useful tool is the WADA Anti-Doping Administration & Management System (ADAMS), a web-based database management system that simplifies the daily activities of all stakeholders and athletes involved in the anti-doping system. Click the link below:

Through collaboration with the National Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Centre, the Bahrain-NADO also supports the provision of sports medicine, biomechanics, sporting physiology and nutrition research, which are designed to protect the health of athletes.

CONTACT DETAILS

National Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre Khalifa Sports City, Isa Town Kingdom of Bahrain

Damascus Road, Building 593, Block 810
17680697

Dr. Hussain Alhaddad

Head of Bahrain-NADO Anti-Doping Department

Mrs. Zainab Anwar

Anti-Doping Specialist

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