Sports Symposium Probing History of Doping Opens in Qatar Monday

Doha, May 05 (QNA) – A two-day symposium titled ‘The History of Doping and Anti-Doping’ that will explore the historical, cultural, and scientific aspects of doping opens here Monday.

Anti Doping Lab Qatar (ADLQ) and Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum are organising the symposium at the Auditorium of Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar.

The symposium will also mull the establishment of anti-doping institutions and programmes, including a special focus on the Gulf Region and the Anti Doping Lab Qatar.

Speakers at the symposium include Anti-Doping Laboratory Qatar, Chairman Dr. Mohammed Ghanim A. Al Maadeed who is a leading thinker and practitioner in healthcare and sports medicine in Qatar.

Other speakers at the event are Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum Curator Hans-Dieter Gerber; Dr. Paul Dimeo who is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport, University of Stirling (Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence). His research interests lie in the history and policy relating to drug use in sport.

Also featuring in the two-day event is founding President of the World Anti-Doping Agency Richard W. Pound. The two-time Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will present a paper titled ‘The Institution of Anti-Doping and the Establishment of the World Anti-Doping Agency (1960s — 2004)’.

Deputy Director of the Centre for Olympic Studies and Research Dr. Mahfoud Amara will be presenting a paper titled ‘Doping as Fatwa’ presenting a framework for the study of drugs and body, including doping and anti-doping in sport, Islamic ethics and Muslim societies.

Qatar Anti-doping Commission Chairman Dr. Nasser Al Ansari will talk on ‘Modern Framework for ADLQ from a National and International Point of View. He will also present an overview of the Commission, its organizational structure and function. He will highlight the goals and achievements of the anti-doping testing programme, educational activities and support of the national and international sports.

The symposium is part of the programme accompanying the exhibition ‘Olympics — Past and Present’, the largest exhibition of its kind showing both ancient and modern Olympic Games and narrating the history of the Olympics in ancient Greece and their reestablishment in modern times. The exhibition is on display up to June 30 at Alriwaq Doha exhibition space.

The term ‘doping’ that is often used by sports fraternity which is the use of a substance such as an anabolic steroid or erythropoietin, or technique such as blood doping, to illegally improve athletic performance.

Doping in sport is defined as "the administration to sportsmen or sportswomen, or the use by them, of pharmacological classes of doping agents or doping methods".

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) defines doping as "the presence in the human body of substances which are prohibited according to the list published by the IOC and/or the international organization of the member organization in question. The use of such substances, their presence in urine or blood samples, and the use of methods with the purpose of altering the result of an analysis of a urine or blood sample are prohibited". (QNA)


QNA 0629 GMT 2013/05/05


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