KUWAIT CITY, Oct 19: The head of the Kuwait Anti-Doping Agency, Dr Bader Al- Laili, said that the agency is working to complete all the foundational steps and finalize the formation of field teams to start the procedures for detecting doping on athletes in accordance with the rules in force at the World Anti- Doping Agency (WADA). Al-Laili affirmed to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), Sunday, after presiding over the second meeting of the (Anti- Doping) Board of Directors, keenness to coordinate with sports federations and clubs for the success of the agency’s goal of preserving the health of athletes, consolidating the principle of sportsmanship and promoting fair and fair sports competitions.
He added that the agency is open to cooperating with state institutions and civil society organizations and activating its role in this regard, especially by exchanging information and spreading awareness of the need to stay away from prohibited substances, noting that, in implementation of this approach, the meeting agreed to conclude a cooperation protocol between the agency and the Kuwaiti Olympic Committee. He pointed out that the meeting approved the executive regulations for the agency’s work, as well as the financial regulations and the approval of the draft budget (2022/2023), in addition to discussing some matters that would make the goals successful. He affirmed the commitment to implement doping control programs with the highest approved standards and to work on holding awareness and education programs about the danger of doping on the athlete and the sports movement with officials of clubs and sports federations.
For her part, Director General of Anti-Doping Agency Hana Al- Bati said in a similar statement to (KUNA) that they are in the process of developing a clear strategy in everything related to anti-doping, especially in the rehabilitation of medical, technical and administrative cadres that will work through teams to implement antidoping control programs in local and regional championships, and international events that are held on the land of Kuwait. Al-Bati stated that it was agreed with (WADA) to train these cadres and qualify them to carry out their work through training courses that include specialized programs in this regard, whether those who previously worked in the field of anti-doping or the new ones, noting that the first course will be held electronically (remotely) on October 25. She explained that the anti-doping rules have been finalized in accordance with the standards in force in WADA, in preparation for their dissemination in the sports community, stressing the need for clubs, federations and sports committees to follow these rules to protect their players from being prohibited unintentionally daue to a lack of knowledge of these rules.(KUNA)