Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) general secretary Abdulrahman Askar yesterday (Saturday, Jan. 10) extended the committee’s keenness to fight doping and provide the best possible conditions for national athletes.
This was announced during a symposium titled ‘The 2015 Code to fight against doping’, which was held at the Gulf Hotel’s Al Dana 1 Ballroom.
It was attended by 360 participants from the Education Ministry, Interior Minister, Bahrain Defence Force, National Coaching Programme graduates, University of Bahrain students as well as representatives of sports associations, sports clubs and sports gyms.
Held under the patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and BOC vice president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the symposium started with Askar giving the opening remarks.
Askar affirmed that having this symposium is in line with the directives of Supreme Council chairman and BOC president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, which reflects the committee’s commitment in its fight against doping.
Late on, a short film on doping in the field of sport was played, in which the dangers of doping were highlighted.
The first sessions of the seminar then take place, as Saudi Arabia’s Dr. Mohammed Saleh Konbaz identified doping and its history, as well as ways to fight doping, and the role of governments and international organisations, clubs and coaches.
Konbaz is a member of the Medical Committee at the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), a member of the founding board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), President of the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport.
Member of Kuwait’s Anti-Doping Committee (KADC) and chairman of the Awareness and Education Committee Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Al Dosari of Kuwait then conducted the second session, in which he reviewed the side effects of doping in the field of sport, which include physical and psychological effects.
Al Doseri is a member of the Awareness and Education Committee at the Regional Anti-Doping Organization in the GCC and Yemen (RADO), and is chairman of the Awareness and Education at the Sports Medicine Department.
The symposium concluded with an open question and answer session involving Dr Konbaz and Al Doseri, who addressed the participants on the most significant themes of these two sessions.