London, Dec 13, 2013: The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and the Organising Committee for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow 2014) have today confirmed that UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), the national anti-doping organisation for the UK, has been contracted to supply anti-doping services at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
UKAD will work under the direction of the CGF and Glasgow 2014 to implement a robust athlete-centred anti-doping programme to enhance the reputation of the Games, with a primary focus for the provision of first class doping control services during the Games period.
The CGF has always always operated state-of-the-art anti-doping practices at previous games and, since the inception of WADA (World Anti Doping Agency), has supported WADAs efforts to eliminate doping from sport.
The programme will operate under the CGF Anti-Doping Standard , which has been crafted to be fully compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code and will serve as “Anti-Doping Rules” to support a level-playing field for the 6,500 athletes and their support personnel at the Games. The CGF Medical Commission, under the chairmanship of Dr. M. Jegathesan (Malaysia), will supervise the services of UK Anti-Doping, authorise the selection of athletes, supervise sample collection procedures and review adverse and unusual analytical findings and other anti-doping rule violations. The CGF Medical Commission is the final authority on the Doping Control Programme developed by the Doping Control Division for Glasgow 2014.
As defined in the new 2015 Code, “intelligent testing” will be central to the programme. The CGF, together with WADA, will work closely with National Anti Doping Organisations (NADO) and International Federations (IF’s) to share information on their anti-doping activities during the months preceding the games so that the resources can be utilised for targeted and enhanced programmes.
UKAD will recruit and train a team of Doping Control Personnel, many of whom worked at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, testing across the 17 sports, in the 14 Glasgow venues. Volunteer Chaperones, recruited by Glasgow 2014, will be deployed across the venues to assist in the doping control process. In total there will be 400 Doping Control Personnel working as Doping Control Station Managers, Doping Control Officers, Blood Collection Officers, Chaperone Leads and Chaperones during the Games.
Dr. M. Jegathesan, Chairman of the CGF Medical Commission, said: “Doping is cheating, it’s as simple as that, and it doesn’t just threaten the integrity of sport, it puts athletes’ lives at risk. The Commonwealth Games are founded on the spirit of fair play, and I am determined that the CGF Medical Commission will work with our partners at UK Anti-Doping and Glasgow 2014 in a coordinated manner so that all athletes can compete knowing we’re doing everything we can to ensure a clean Games.”
UKAD Director of Business Services Philip Bunt said: “UKAD has the knowledge and experience to provide the latest anti-doping techniques at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Protecting clean athletes and the integrity of major events in the UK is our core business “
Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg said: “Our vision is to stage an outstanding, athlete-centred and sport-focused Games of world-class competition, that will be celebrated across the Commonwealth. Every athlete has the right to compete on a fair and level playing field with sports fan deserving to know their heroes are clean.
“I’m delighted to have the UKAD on board as our doping control service provider. Glasgow 2014, the UKAD and the Commonwealth Games Federation will work together in the fight against doping in sport, while delivering a memorable XX Commonwealth Games.” —- CGF